Elizabeth Jane “Betty” (Boxleiter) Gibson

Elizabeth Jane “Betty” (Boxleiter) Gibson

Elizabeth Jane “Betty” (Boxleiter) Gibson, age 95, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:45 a.m., on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Bethany Home. To honor Betty’s life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Betty’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born on May 15, 1923, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William J. and Irene (Hipschen) Boxleiter.

Betty was united in marriage to William J. Gibson, Jr., on September 2, 1943, in Savanna, Georgia, and they were blessed with 36 years together before he preceded her in death on February 28, 1980. She would later marry Joseph Sutton on June 20, 1984, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, but sadly he would pass away on May 3, 1988. Betty was a hard worker and was employed at General Dry Battery, Medical Associates in the housekeeping department, and at Xavier Hospital in the laundry. She was a faith filled woman and long time member of Holy Ghost Parish. In her free time, she enjoyed bowling and was a member of various bowling leagues, as well as a member of the Betty Club, the 62+ Club and Americlub. Betty was also very creative and enjoyed crocheting and making crafts. She enjoyed traveling and has been to several countries, including a 3 year stay in France, where her husband was stationed with the U.S. Army.

Those left to cherish Betty’s memory include

her children,
Lynn Ann Gibson, Dubuque, IA,
Carolyn M. Benson, Dubuque, IA,
Marianne L. (Jack) Burrell, Carthage, MS,
William J. (Joan) Gibson, Dubuque, IA
and James M. Gibson, Columbus, OH;

her 10 grandchildren;

her 21 great-grandchildren;

her 10 great-great-grandchildren;

her step-sons,
William (Gin) Sutton, Mohnton, PA
and James (Lynn) Sutton, Freeport, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, William Gibson Jr., and Joseph Sutton; a grandson, Ronald Meyer; 2 sons-in-law, Bernard Benson and Dennis McDermott; a sister, Marian (Daniel) Murphy; and 2 brothers, Raymond (Stella) Boxleiter and Donald (Betty) Boxleiter.

Betty’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home for all of their kind, loving and compassionate care of Betty these past years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bethany Home or the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
May 2nd, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Funeral service

Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church
2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
May 2nd, 2019 at 11:00 AM

3 condolences for Elizabeth Jane “Betty” (Boxleiter) Gibson
  1. Jeanne Bechen Felderman says:

    I am so sorry to hear the passing of your Mother. I remember spending time at your house as a friend of Carolyn and babysitter for Lynn Ann. What a beautiful Mother.

    Jeanie (Bechen) Felderman

  2. Sherrie Saeugling says:

    I’m so sorry. I will miss her too. She was a terrific lady and mom. My condolences and prayers for you and the family.

  3. Beth Marrs says:

    My deepest sympathy to Betty’s family. May your precious memories of her give you comfort.
    Also, pray to God for peace and comfort. Trust in him for the help needed during this
    sad time.
    Psalm 62:8

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