Jane Gibler

Jane Johnson Gibler, 71, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family Sunday, December 17, 2006. A celebration of Jane’s life will be held at the Lee’s Summit Christian Church Disciples of Christ on Friday, December 22, 800 NE Tudor Road at 6:30 p.m. The family will be available to meet with visitors at 5:45. In lieu of flowers, Jane requested contributions to the Lee’s Summit Christian Church Disciples of Christ Church in Society fund or the American Cancer Society. Jane was born to Carl and Elizabeth Johnson in Green Ridge, Missouri on July 1, 1935. She was a graduate of Green Ridge High School and was valedictorian of her graduating class from Central Missouri State University. Jane was a member of the American Association of University Women, Missouri National Education Association, Southern Poverty Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, Lee’s Summit Human Relations Committee, Lee’s Summit Committee for Excellence in Education, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and National Democratic Party, and the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee. Jane served as Chair of Deacons at Lee’s Summit Christian Church Disciples of Christ and also on the church board as a member of the Church in Society Committee. Jane was a fourth grade teacher and elementary school counselor for 28 years in the Grandview School District. She was honored as teacher of the year at Highgrove Elementary in 1998. Jane served 27 years on the Board of Directors for Grandview Parks and Recreation. Jane was Grandview’s 1997 Citizen of the Year. The Missouri House of Representatives passed a resolution in her honor expressing deep gratitude for her longtime, dedicated service to her fellow Missourians. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Eugene and Elizabeth L. Johnson. Survivors include her loving husband of fifty years Denny Gibler; her children Beth and Stan Chandler, Andy and Colleen Gibler, and Margaret and Chris Kalmus; her grandchildren Ann, Christine, Mary Jane, Katelyn, Denny, Ford and Mariclaire; her brother Eugene Johnson and his wife Marjorie; a loving extended family and numerous friends. Words are not adequate to express the love for and impact Jane had upon her family and those blessed enough to know her. She was a role model to all she met as she worked relentlessly to make this world a better place to live. Her proudest achievement can be seen in the faces of her beautiful grandchildren. Jane, mom and grandma; may you be at peace and your spirit joyful for a life well lived. You are forever in our hearts.

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