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Hettie Vernell Gibson Sowers

Apr. 10, 1926 - Jan. 11, 2018

Date of Service: Jan. 20, 2018

Hettie Vernell Gibson Sowers 91 peacefully passed on Jan. 11, 2018 at the Park View Center in Burley, Idaho.

On April 10, 1926, in Drumright, OK, Hettie was welcomed into the world by her parents, Rueben John and Debra Jane Stow McCann and her 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Her mother passed when Hettie was 2 years old, shortly after giving birth to twin brothers. She was raised predominantly by her oldest sister Johnnie Martin, who was more like a mother to her than a sister. Her father met and married her step-mother, Rosie, the family welcomed 4 more brothers to the family, giving her 12 siblings.

She went to school in Paden, OK and graduated the 8th grade.

Hettie married Charlie S. Gibson on Dec. 27, 1943 in Paden, Oklahoma. While in Oklahoma they had their 2 oldest children, Charles and Jerry. In 1948 they moved to Acequia Idaho where they made a home and added to their family with 4 more children, John, Carla, Linda and Randy.

In February 7, 1963, Charles (Beanie), suffered a fatal heart attack. Hettie was left to raise their 6 children they shared as a single mother. She received employment from Simplot and remained with the company until she retired in 1988.

On April 16, 1967 Hettie married Wilmot (Bill) A. Sowers. They shared 31 years together in the Rupert area until he passed on January 8,1998. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and visiting with family. She loved babies and was always excited to welcome another (grand) child to the family.

She was an extremely faithful member of The Church of Christ. She was the last surviving member of the group who started the church in Rupert.

Hettie’s health began to decline resulting in her stay at Valley Vista Care Center before spending a short time at Park View in Burley.

Hettie will be greeted by the people who have passed before her. Her 2 husbands, Charlie S. Gibson and Bill Sowers. Her 2 sons, Charles W. Gibson and John T. Gibson. John’s wife Caroline and their son Toby Gibson, her great grandson, 3-month-old Corbin Martsch. Her parents, brothers and sisters and numerous other family members. She will be smothered in hugs from her Great Granddaughter, Sierra Martsch.

Hettie will be missed by her children, Jerry Gibson-Pocatello, Carla (Dan) Martsch- Paul, Linda (Terry) Ketterling- Mountain Home, Randy (Cindy) Gibson- Acequia. Daughter in law, Shirley Gibson- Caldwell. 12 Grandchildren, and 28 Great Grandchildren as well as her 2 brothers Charles (Mabel) McCann and Frank McCann, both from Texas.

The family would like to thank Valley Vista and Park View for the care they gave her.

Viewing services will be held Friday January 19th at 6-8 pm at Hansen Mortuary in Rupert. Services will be held Saturday January 20th at 10:00 AM at Church of Christ, 724 S 4th St., Rupert, ID

Donations may be made to Church of Christ, 724 South 4th St. Rupert, Idaho 83350

Condolences for Hettie Vernell Gibson Sowers

From Charles Bohlen:
Family, I have many found memories of Hattie. As a child of some of the founders of the Church in Rupert, we children were raised in part by all the Moms and Dad's that made up that group. Hattie was like a mom to me. She made the best meat loaf Ever! What a great long life she lived. Kay and I send our condolences.
From Donna Caldwell Price:
So very sorry to hear about Hattie. I remember the wonderful times I spent at your house years and years ago. She was always wonderful to me my condolences to the whole family
From Dan Thomsen:
Dan Gibson Thomsen and family. Sorry for your loss. Will sure miss Aunt Hettie! Love from all of us in Oklahoma!
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