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Patty Gibbs (Walter)



Patty Gibbs-Walter 

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Kearney resident, 58

KEARNEY - Patty Gibbs-Walter, 58, of Kearney died Friday, May 25, 2012, in Kearney.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Faith United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michelle Reed officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. at Republican City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at O'Brien-Straatmann-Redinger Funeral Home. The body will be cremated following visitation.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1953, in Harlan County to Norman and Betty (Voight) Gibbs.

In November 1971, she married Terry Walter.

Survivors include her daughter, Michele "Baby Girl" Walter of Arlington, Va.; son, Ryan "Buddy" Walter of Lincoln; fiancé and honey, Curt Bauer of Hildreth; niece, Kristi Gibbs and special friend Jack Gleason of Kearney; nephews, Kurt Gibbs and wife, Jill, of Hastings and Lanny "Goob" Gibbs and wife, Pam, of Kearney; sister-in-law, Shirley Gibbs of Republican City; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. 

She lived in Republican City until 1966, when the family moved to Kearney. She graduated from Kearney High School in 1971. After she married Terry, they moved to Lexington.

In 1990, she moved back to Kearney. In 1994, she met her honey, Curt Bauer. 

Since 1997 she had worked at Crop Production Services as the "Office Mommy." During this time, she also was employed part time at Central Financial Services as a secretary and at Bauer Repair as an office manager.

She had been involved with Kearney Area Concerned Citizens since 1996 organizing and preparing the annual Thanksgiving dinner and was known as the "Potato Queen." 

She was a devoted mother, "honey," daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Her dad nicknamed her "Doc" at a very young age, and she lived up to it by spending her life taking care of other people. There was not a day that passed that she did not put others before herself.

While growing up as a tomboy, she loved riding horses and helping her daddy at the service station. She was the coach of her daughter's softball team and was a Sunday school teacher for her son's class.

It did not matter what type of occasion it was when family or friends gathered, she was always enjoyed by others with her quick wit. She greeted everyone with a hug and always made everyone feel special. She surrounded herself with teddy bears and family keepsakes, which meant a lot to her.

She enjoyed Storm hockey, watching bullriding and celebrating life with family and close friends. She will be deeply missed by her Honey, Baby Girl, Little Buddy, nieces, nephews, sister-in-law, family and friends. 

She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and a supporter ofVeterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 of Kearney.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Kenneth "Bud" Gibbs.

Memorials are suggested to VFW Post 759 or Kearney Area Concerned Citizens. Online condolences may be shared at
Published in Kearney Hub from May 26 to May 29, 2012


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05/29/12 10:59 PM #1    

Deb Anders-Carson (Thacker)

Patty and I were attendants at her sister-in-law's wedding in 1976. Her sister-in-law was Bonnie Walter, who went to school with us through junior high. Sadly she died in 1984 after battling cancer. I hadn't seen Patty in many years, but have always had fond memories of her. Rest in Peace, Patty.

05/31/12 05:35 PM #2    

Jane Carlson (DeCecco)

Patty and I had some good times together. It didn't take long to figure out that she loved life and everyone around her. If you needed help or just someone to talk to, Patty was always there. Her sincerity and her smile seemed to make everything O.K. I'm sure that her smile is radiating in Heaven. Rest in peace.


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