MaryAnn Elizabeth Storkel Gibbs was born January 31, 1940, the seventh child to Roy Charles & Helen Lorena (Blake) Storkel in Goldendale. She went Home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ August 22, 2020. She was age 80 years, six months, 22 days.
She was rpeceded in death by her parents; husband Bill; brothers Dale, Loren, LeRoy, and Wayne. Her surviving siblings are Bob Storkel (Margaret) and Marlene Fenton.
MaryAnn was a devout Christian, accepting Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at age eight and was baptized.
MaryAnn married William Orin Gibbs on September 22, 1957, at the age of 17. She completed high school by correspondence. She celebrated 56 years and 11 months of marriage before her husband passed on August 22, 2013. She is survived by two children, Charles Gibbs of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and Jenny Ann Gibbs of Casa Grande, Arizona; and three grandchildren, Jenna Lee (Shane Gordon), Melinda, and Ryan W.D. Hagen; eight great-great-grandchildren: Joshua Jr, Sasha, Tyler, Anderson, Maximus, Bruce, Charlotte, and Robyn.
MaryAnn worked as an X-ray technician and medical secretary for Dr Thompson in Goldendale. She was also co-owner and operator of The Lighthouse Christian Bookstore with brother Loren and Peggy. She worked as county treasurer assistant in Grafton, North Dakota, and a realtor and retail store manager. She was a caregiver for Bill through two back surgeries and Alzheimer’s.
As a girl, she sang with her brothers and sister in church. MaryAnn sang “Ava Maria” in Latin for one of her classmate’s wedding. She loved singing duets with Bill and Marlene and quartets with Bill, Wally, and Marlene. She loved harmonizing, singing Gospel songs and Bill Gaither music. MaryAnn loved the Lord and was a Prayer Warrior, praying for anyone with a need. MaryAnn loved her church family at Evangelical Methodist, EMC, Arizona City. She loved working crossword puzzles and watching court TV programs like “Judge Judy,” TLC family shows, and Dr. Pol Vet show.
MaryAnn was well loved by everyone, compassionate and willing to step in and help where needed. We are praising God for her life and rejoicing that she is pain-free and with the Lord.
There was a Celebration of Life for MaryAnn on August 28 at the Evangelical Methodist Church in Arizona City, Arizona.