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Olive G. Gibson Moberly

CLINTON — Olive G. Gibson Moberly, 94, of Clinton, passed away at 4 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 25, 2017) at River North Bradley Health and Rehabilitation Center, Bradley. She was six days short of celebrating her 95th birthday with those she left behind.

Her service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Clinton, or the scholarship fund for Clinton Eagles FOE 593.


Olive was born Jan. 31, 1922, at home in Lane, the daughter of Reuben L. and L. Lavada Reddish Gibson, and the younger sister of Virgil Gibson. Virgil preceded her in death July 10, 2009. She married William E. Moberly on March 15, 1941, in DeWitt, and they had 59 years together before Bill was called home on May 8, 2000.

Survivors include her children, Ellen K. West, Bourbonnais, and James “Jim” Moberly, Bradley; Olive and Bill always opened their home to their children’s friends, many of whom made lasting friendships with them; four stepgrandchildren, Scott West, Buffalo, N.Y.; Brian West, Clarence, N.Y.; Stephanie (David) Sawyer, Clarence N.Y.; and David (Erin) West, Buffalo, N.Y. There are 10 stepgreat-grandchildren who will miss her as well: Nicolas and Julia West, Denver, Colo.; Joshua West, Nashville, Tenn.; Tyler West, Hamilton, Ohio; Andrew and Audrey Sawyer and Danielle Keitel, Clarence, N.Y.; and Samuel and Ruby West, Clarence, N.Y.; and Sydney Sawyer, N.Y.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Kenneth “Bill” West, on June 26, 2008.


Olive was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton. During her working years, Olive worked at Kroger grocery store, Gibson’s Ace Hardware store, and finally at First National Bank and Trust. She retired from her position at the bank at age 79.

Olive had two great loves other than her family. She was known for her delicious caramels, toffee and peanut brittle. She took great pleasure in making and sharing her candy with family and friends. Her other love was sports — the Illini, the Bears, the Bulls, the Blackhawks and the Cubs. She was excited to see her beloved team become world champions.

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