In memory of

Beth Gibson

November 24, 1926 - February 12, 2020
From: Wall Lake, IA
Beth Gibson

Beth Gibson

Born: November 24, 1926
Died: February 12, 2020
Age: 93
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   Beth Elaine McLean was born on November 24, 1926, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA, to parents Frank E. and A. Marie (Paisley) McLean. Her family moved to Parkersburg, IA,
in 1932, where her father purchased a closed creamery. Beth graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1944. She later received a BA Degree from the University of Northern Iowa, then a Master's Degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. She taught in the Aplington, Eagle Grove and Clarion elementary schools, and after moving to Sac City, she taught in the resource room as a Special Education teacher in Fonda. Beth retired from teaching in 1988.
   Beth dedicated herself to raising her son, Steve, and her daughter, Cathy. Her children, home, family, school and church were all very important to her. She enjoyed refinishing furniture and working on the farm. Beth enjoyed traveling with her husband Floyd Schnirring, especially
the many trips to Europe they made together-- many of them related to Floyd’s work as Sac County Extension Director. Beth was a member of the First Christian Church in Sac City
where she taught Sunday School and helped with the youth group. She also chaired the
Outreach Committee at the church and participated in many church activities.
   Those proceeding her in death were her parents; daughter Cathy Larimer;  husband Paul B. Nicklaus; husband Floyd L. Schnirring; brother Ellis McLean; and sister-in-law Betty McLean.
   Beth is survived by her son, Steve (Sue) Nicklaus of Clear Lake, IA; son-in-law Bruce Larimer of St. Louis, MO; grandson Michael Larimer of St. Louis, MO; great-grandchildren Nicklaus and Madilyn Turner; brothers Loyal (Norma) McLean of Charles City, IA, Duane McLean of Cedar Rapids, IA. Also her husband Pastor Donald W. Gibson of Wall Lake, IA; his six children Dave (Debbie) Gibson of St. Louis, MO, Susan (Marvin) Arnold of Wall Lake, IA, Diane (Charles) Herd of Garden Grove, CA, Nancy (John) Funk of Sun City, AZ, Karen (Mike) Bruggeman of Chandler, AZ, Barbie (Jeff) Sunderland of Eden, UT; his 15 grandchildren; his 9 great-grandchildren; many extended family members and friends. Beth will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

We've been taken care of before, and with Faith we will be taken care of again - Beth

2:30 p.m., Friday
February 14, 2020
First Christian Church
Sac City, Iowa
Pastor Mark MacWhorter
1:30 p.m., Friday
February 14, 2020
First Christian Church
Sac City, Iowa

"Nearer, My God, to Thee" #577

"Blest Be the Tie That Binds" #433

"Jesus Loves Me" #113

Marilyn Hundling, Organist


Cedar Cemetery
Rural Sac City, Iowa


Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:37 AM
“Remembering "Mrs. Schnirring", my 5th grade teacher in Fonda, brings a smile to my face. She was so kind and caring towards all of her students. She had a fun sense of humor and frequent smile. She was special! May your memories of her bring a smile at this sad time.”
- Dawn (Kuklenz) Andersen
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9:07 AM
“Beth was our favorite aunt, and we thank Don you for taking such good care of her. We always see both in the peonies that bloom from the bulbs they gave us out of their garden!”
- Talli and Dahl McLean
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9:07 AM
“Our prayers to Beth’s family. We had so many great times teaching together in Fonda. So many laughs over the years. Enjoyed my visit with Beth last year at the care center. Wonderful time to reminisce. God’s Peace now and in the days ahead. Randy and Marilyn Schmitt”
- Randy and Marilyn Schmitt
Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 3:32 PM
“My sympathy and empathy to your entire family and the church families you both have ministered too.”
- Rev. Missy Brown
Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:46 PM
“Prayers are with all of you. Beth was such a blessing to all who knew her. She was an inspiration her entire life. She taught all who knew her not only how to live but how to die with dignity and faith -looking forward to a new life in God's presence. ”
- Lue Baker
Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 11:27 AM
“Sorry to hear of Beth;s passing. To Don and families our prayers are with you all She is now enjoying
her heavenly home God Bless”
- Albert & Shirley Ohden
Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 11:27 AM
“My condolences to Beth's family on their loss. ”
- Ron Lane
Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 9:36 AM
“Rest In Peace young lady Rest In Peace ”
- Charlie “tuna” Schnirring
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