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Normal, IL - Susan M. Gibson, 52, passed away at 4:20 PM on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Heartland Manor Care in Normal, IL. Her funeral service was held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Center For Hope Ministries in Bloomington with Bishop Larry Taylor officiating. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements. Interment was in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, IL. Memorials may be made to the Aleeah Murkey Scholarship Fund c/o Center For Hope Ministries, 14940 Old Colonial Rd., Bloomington, IL 61705.
Susan was born on February 17, 1965 in Buffalo, NY, a daughter of Robert and Carolyn Jackson. She married Edward Gibson, Jr. in 1989 in Lockport, NY.
Surviving is her husband Edward Gibson and her children, Daniel Gibson and Rhea Gibson, all of Normal. Also surviving is her father, Robert Jackson of Buffalo, NY; her mother-in-law, Jacqueline Gibson of Lockport, NY; close friends, Sheila Reynolds of Atlanta, GA and Pamela Roberson of Normal; and a host of friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her mother; and her aunt and uncle, Betty and Lee Thomas.
Susan was born and raised in New York and was a graduate of the University of Buffalo in New York. She married her high school sweetheart in 1989 and later moved to Bloomington, IL in 1991. Susan was an Associate Professor at Illinois State University in the School of Communication where she served for 19 years. Susan was a founding member of Center For Hope Ministries in Bloomington, IL, where she served on the ministerial team. She also served as a board member of Habitat for Humanity, an active member of the Black Belt Speaker family and Elogeme Adolphi Christian Sorority. Susan was a loving wife, mother, and friend. She will be greatly missed.
Online condolences and memories of Susan may be left for the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.
Published on April 3, 2017
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