November 15, 1919 - November 4, 2018
Marion Gibson Yoachim was born in Fairbury on November 15, 1919, to Ottelia Weisel Gibson and Dr. Raleigh A. Gibson. After graduating from Fairbury High School in 1937, she attended William Woods College for two years. She then transferred to the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1941 with a degree in Vocational Home Economics. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. Upon graduation she taught Home Economics in Scotia and Harvard and then returned to teach Home Economics at Fairbury High School. She loved teaching to the 'boys' in her class.
Marion married Dr. William Peter Yoachim on May 19, 1946, in the First Christian Church. Bill was immediately shipped off to Japan for two years. While raising her three children (with the occasional help from Bill) she was PTA president for many years and involved in many volunteer activities. Marion was a wonderful cook and hosted most family events well into her 80s either in Fairbury or at their cabin on Tuttle Creek Lake in Kansas. If you were in her home you were 'family'.
She enjoyed knitting, golf, reading, spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren. Some of her favorite times were spent in Maui and at Nebraska Football Games. Bill and Marion lived in Fairbury until 2008 and then moved to Lincoln, where they made many friends at the Legacy Estates. In 2016, they moved back 'home' to Fairbury. She was a member of the Quivera Chapter of DAR, Eastern Star and First Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and brother, Phil Gibson, in April. She is survived by her children: Linda Biles (Bill) of Tie Siding, Wyoming, Dr. Bob Yoachim (Sue) of Arkansas City, Kan., and Susan Hungerford (Mark) of Manhattan, Kan., nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Marion will be remembered for her sharp wit, sense of humor and undying support of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. GO BIG RED!
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. December 8 at the First Christian Church in Fairbury with Darlene Novotony officiating. Memorials to the Christian Church or the Bonham Theatre project. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.gerdesmeyerfh.com