Rachel Dawn Gibson

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


  1. The Kurowski's on January 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    To Dan, Katie, Lillian and the Gibson family,

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers especially at this difficult time.

    Rich, Marsha, Rachel, Erica Kurowski

  2. Jane on January 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Dear Keith and Doreen, Our hearts are with you both and all those left behind. Oh to think that one day we will all be together is such a sweet thing for us left behind. Knowing that so many of our loved ones are there waiting and enjoying their time with the Lord. How do we go on with hearts filled with sorrow and tears streaming from with in. Well we know we have a great comforter who promised never to leave us or forsake us. May you all draw on Him whom loves her far more then we do and may He give you His perfect peace that surpasses all understanding and may others come along side and help where help is needed, even if it’s just a hug or tears shared. We wish we could do more, but we will lift you all up before the throne and ask that He watch over you all and be merciful in your time of such sweet sorrow. We love you all. Blessings, Jane

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