Our dearest wife, mother, and friend, Lorna Claire Gibson, 72, of Rathdrum, Idaho, passed away Nov. 19, 2013, at Kootenai Medical Center, in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, after a short but valiant battle with cancer.
Lorna was the eldest of four children, born Sept. 12, 1941, in Oakland, to Vivian Suzanne Hartshorn and Cecil Glen Jones, and they lived in most of the lower 48 states at one time or another during her younger years.
Lorna attended Grass Valley and Nevada City schools, and later went on to work at Sonoma State Hospital in Eldridge, where she became a psychiatric technician, working with developmentally disabled individuals. Lorna had also worked for many years with the elderly as an in-home nurse, and later as a museum curator with the California State Parks Department for both Jack London State Park and Gen. Vallejo’s Home.
While studying to be a psych tech, Lorna met Gilbert Lee Gibson and they later eloped on his 1959 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Nov. 4, 1962, and were married in Carson City, Nev. while he was home on leave from the Marine Corps. They had just celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary when Lorna passed.
Together they raised their family in both Napa and Sonoma, and they later moved to North Idaho in 2005 to be near their family.