Frances Darlene Gibson, 79, of Topeka, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
She was born February 19, 1944, in Pecos, Texas, the daughter of James and Winifred (Reiff) Long. She graduated from Topeka High School in 1962 and graduated from TWA Flight Attendant School in Kansas City, Missouri.
Darlene worked for Security Benefit Group and Hussey Insurance before becoming a full-time homemaker.
Darlene married Richard "Dick” Gibson on August 7, 1965 in Topeka. They divided their last 17 years between Topeka and Cape Coral, Florida. He survives, along with her daughter, Janet L. Boyd (Daryl) of Topeka; grandchildren Erin Middendorf (Keaton) of Topeka and Grant Boyd (Jumanah) of Wichita; and her Yorkshire Terrier Mattie. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Darlene enjoyed warm weather and she loved dogs – especially Yorkie dogs (Molly, Millie and Mattie). She also loved all sports – especially golf and tennis.
A funeral ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 17, 2023 at the Dove Cremations and Funerals Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Road in Topeka. The family will receive friends for an hour before the service. Interment will follow the ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery and Funeral Chapel, 4700 SW 17th Street in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to the Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66604-3720; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Dove Cremations and Funerals Southwest Chapel is assisting the family.
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