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Rachel Gibson was born February 6th, 1991 and stepped peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 31st, 2013 surrounded by her family and wonderful caregivers from Crossroads Hospice. She was 22 years old. She is preceded by her grandmother, Joyce Weldy. She is survived by her mother and father, Keith and Doreen Gibson; her siblings Daniel, his wife Kathryn and their daughter Lillian Kathleen; her sister Rebecca, her husband Jacob and their daughter Autumn; her brother Benjamin; her sister Hannah; her maternal grandfather Randall Weldy and his wife Sandi; and her paternal grandmother and grandfather Art and Loraine Gibson.
Rachel was a graduate of Heartland High School of Belton, Missouri. She attended two years at UCM in Warrensburg before transferring to Calvary Bible College in Belton, Missouri. She had been employed at the Lee’s Summit Social Services Thrift Store before having to step down as a result of her brain cancer. She was committed to the need for believers to help those less fortunate and was sponsoring a child through Compassion International named Dicher in the country of Somalia.
Rachel committed her life to Jesus Christ as a child. She was a member of the Word of Life Community Church where she worked with children in various capacities. She had been a participant in their mission trip to Mexico and was planning to go with their mission team to Guatemala before she succumbed to brain cancer.
Rachel was first diagnosed with brain cancer at age 4. She was a seventeen year survivor of that initial cancer before being re-diagnosed on December 31st, 2012 with a more aggressive cancer perhaps related to her initial treatment as a child. Her family praises God for the gracious gift of the extra time they were given with her.
Rachel will be remembered for her compassionate and gentle spirit as well as her courage in the face of her illness. She remarked to her sister days before her passing, “Just think, when I get to heaven I will be able to dance.” Her family is comforted with the knowledge that she is no longer sick and in pain.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made in her honor to Compassion International or the Guatemala Mission Team at Word of Life Community Church, 210 Spring St, Belton, MO 64012