Lee Ann Gibbons
She was born October 29, 1932 in Beardstown, the daughter of Elmer and Blanche Violet (Smith) Logsdon. She married Donald Gene Gibbons on March 8, 1959 at the Beardstown Congregational Church and he preceded her in death on August 17, 2019.
Lee is survived by three sons, Paul Gibbons of Harvest, AL, Scott (wife Janice) Gibbons of San Jose, CA, and Mark Gibbons of Beardstown; seven grandchildren Nathan, Rachel, Logan, Kimberly, Melissa, Zachary, and Haley Gibbons; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Eleanor (Logsdon) Kirchner, and a brother Elmer Dale "Bub" Logsdon.
Lee enjoyed nature, and supported many philanthropic causes to preserve outdoor spaces and wildlife habitats. She was also quite fond of domesticated animals, having rescued countless stray cats and dogs through the years. Lee also made a point of giving to charitable causes that support our military veterans and was a member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (an organization whose membership can trace its lineage to soldiers who served on the Union side in America's Civil War, 1861-1865). As the daughter of Elmer Logsdon, Lee was well-acquainted with life on the Illinois River, spending several years of her adult life working at her father's tug service. In later years, after operating her own leasing businesses, Lee spent the majority of her time traveling with her husband Don, collecting antiques, gambling, and investing all of her free time in genealogical research.
Lee graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1950 and then began her working career. Shortly after high school, Lee spent time in Washington, DC, working for the FBI as a typist. She then moved back to Beardstown and worked for Bell Telephone Company. Lee was of the Christian faith and was an avid reader, having amassed quite a library throughout the years of her life.
Graveside services will be held at 3 PM Saturday, December 9, 2023 at the Beardstown City Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 2-2:45 PM Saturday at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown.
Memorials can be sent to support the Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post #1239 in Beardstown, or P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter in Jacksonville. Condolences may be left online at www.colwellmemorialhome.com or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.