Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years


Bonnie Karen Gibson, 76, of Gillespie, Ill., died on Sept. 30, 2023. She was born March 29, 1947, in Bruno, Mo., to Alvis and Ruby (Rutherford) Shafer. She married Jerry Gibson, and they enjoyed 43 years together.

Bonnie worked throughout her life as a seamstress, housekeeper, cabinet maker, brake parts assembler for 23 years and in between she worked at the family sawmill and farm. She ended her career, retiring from State Farm after 17 years as a licensed team member. At the age of 46, she successfully completed the course work and received her GED Graduation Certificate from Lewis and Clark...

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