Obituary of Anna Margaret Gibson

Anna Margaret Gibson, resident of Carthage, MO, formerly of Ft. Scott, KS, passed away on February 10, 2019, into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at Joplin Gardens, Joplin, MO.

She was born May 15, 1928, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Ralph, Sr. and Julia Karleskint Sluder. Anna attended Liberty school where she graduated and received her certificate of education from the State of Kansas.

She married the love of her life, Samuel Gibson on September 10, 1945. They were married for 63 years, until Samuel preceded her in death on April 12, 2008.

Anna worked for Key Industries for 38 years and was plant supervisor at the time of her retirement in 1993.

Anna attended the Community Christian Church in Ft. Scott. She was a remarkable woman.

She had a green thumb and enjoyed working in her flower gardens, cooking for family and friends, and singing, especially hymns.

She was most passionate about being a witness for her Savior, Jesus Christ. Anna was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was fondly known as “Granny Bird”. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Survivors include her two daughters, Kimberly Brillhart, Jasper, MO, and Julie Howard and husband John, Joplin, MO; Also surviving are four granddaughters, Brooke Campbell and husband John, Kate Sears and husband Matthew, Ashley Osborne and Samantha Burk and husband Stephen; great-grandchildren Maddie and Lucas Campbell, Blake and Joey Jean Sears, Ian and Jasper Osborne, and Samuel and Anna Burk; one sister, Erma Knight and husband Warren, Ft. Scott; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and a very special friend, Ralph Stapp.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, William, Ralph, Jr., Charles and Joseph Sluder; 3 sisters, Marcelia Cox, Mary Moore, and Ruth Helen Sluder; and her parents.

Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct graveside services at 11:00 AM Thursday, February 14th, in the U. S. National Cemetery, Ft. Scott.

Memorials are suggested to the Pediatric Cancer Unit of Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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