Helen Annie Gibbs


    Helen Annie (Rhinehart) Gibbs was born on October 9, 1925 in Salem, Missouri to Charles and Hattie Rosetta (Inman) Rhinehart and passed away on April 15, 2021 in Sullivan, Missouri at the age of 95 years.


    Helen was one of seven children and grew up in Salem. At the age of 65, she fulfilled her dream of getting her high school diploma and went on to take a college bible class at SBU.
    On July 6, 1944 Helen married Ernest Gibbs.
    Helen was a homemaker and took great pride in caring for her family and tending to her home. She held a few jobs outside the home which include working at the Ely Walker Factory making shirts and Dave Stephens Hardware.
    Helen had talented hands and was a wonderful seamstress. Helen also crocheted many beautiful afghans and keepsakes. She had a green thumb and loved growing vegetable gardens and selling the produce.
    Helen became a Christian at age 16 and was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Salem, Missouri where she taught Sunday School for many years.
    She was preceded in death by, husband, Ernest Gibbs; parents, Charles and Hattie Rhinehart; daughter, Linda Coffman; daughter-in-law, Jane Gibbs; brothers, Frank, Manford, Paul and Gilbert Rhinehart; and sister, Lura Wright.
    She is survived by her children, Raymond Gibbs of Salem, Missouri, Brenda Thompson and special friend Don Winter of Sullivan, Missouri and Ronald Gibbs of Salem, Missouri; one sister, Geneva Putman of Salem, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Ruthene Dillard of Licking, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Lunn and husband Brad of Florida, David Gregory Pettus and wife Julie of Mansfield, Missouri, Steven Coffman and wife Jennifer of Springfield, Missouri, Shawn Coffman and wife Melanie of Salem, Missouri, Michael Gibbs of St. James, Missouri, Michelle Mosteller of North Dakota and Traci Gibbs of Jefferson City, Missouri; 14 great grandchildren, Reagan and Kenzie Pettus, Sarah and Zachary Lunn, Avery, Harley, and Kaden Coffman, Alexander and Isabella Coffman, Kaleb, Morgan and MaKenzie Mosteller, Brena and Braylan Gibbs; other relatives and friends.
    Funeral services were held Monday, April 19, 2021 in the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel with Joe Brand officiating. Song selections played were “In The Garden,” “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be,” and “Until Then.”
    Pallbearers were her family and friends.
    Burial was in the North Lawn Cemetery.
    Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Mortuary of Salem, Missouri.