Vera Alberta Hibbert
Vera Alberta Hibbert died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, in Wasilla with her family at her side. She was 87.
Graveside services were held Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005, at the McGahan Cemetery in Nikiski where she was buried next to her husband, Jack.
Mrs. Hibbert was born Feb. 18, 1918, in Meeteetse, Wyo., to Hugh and Essie House. Her mother died of cancer when she was 17. Before her mother's death she dropped out of high school for a year and took care of her mother, little sister and brother.
After she and Jack Hibbert graduated from Burlington High School in Burlington, Wyo., both worked for two years to save money for marriage. They were married June 8, 1940 in Billings, Mont.
Most of her life was spent ranching in Wyoming. They moved to the ranch because they wanted a good environment to raise and train their children and grandchildren.
In 1984 they retired and moved to Alaska to be near their son.
When Mrs. Hibbert was 28 she was diagnosed with cancer. She was only given a 20 percent chance of living.
"She told Jack if he would call the elders and give her a blessing she knew that she would be able to return home and take care of her two little children. At that time she dedicated her life to helping others," her family said.
Mrs. Hibbert was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints in 1954, partly due to her son, Guy, volunteering her to teach primary before she was even a member.
"Vera was the most caring person there was. She was always so concerned for others and was known for her pineapple upsidedown cakes when anyone was sick or for a funeral. Her nieces and nephews considered their Aunt Vera as their second mother. She was always helping someone or sharing her garden produce and flowers. Sunday dinner was a big get-together at her home. All the relatives and friends would always stop around dinnertime because they knew that Vera would have something special to eat," her family said.
Mrs. Hibbert was devoted to her grandchildren. When school was out they would spend the summer with their grandparents at their ranch.
"Her grandchildren were proud of their Grandmother's muscles and were always asking Grandma to flex her arms to show off for their friends," her family said.
"Even more than her muscles, the strength of her spirit will linger with us. We love her and know that she loves us. She will be dearly missed. Goodbye for now Mother, Grandma, and friend, until we meet again."
Mrs. Hibbert was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; brothers, Tilford, Dutch, Jim and Dale; sister, Barbara Michaels; and granddaughter, Kendra Johnson.
She is survived by two sisters, Helen Michaels of Basin, Wyo., and Dorothy Emery of Lusk, Wyo.; daughter and son-in-law, Marieta and Martin Johnson of Renton, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, Guy and Corky Hibbert of Wasilla; six grandchildren, including Brent and Debra Hibbert of Soldotna; 14 great-grandchildren, including Taylor and Austin Hibbert of Soldotna; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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