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September 18, 1935 – Saturday, September 12, 2015

Service Information
Buffalo Presbyterian Church – Buffalo, MN
Saturday, September 19, 2015
11:00 a.m.

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel – Buffalo, MN
Friday, September 18, 2015
4-8 p.m., prayers @ 7:30 pm

Betty was born in Mankato, MN, on September 18, 1935, to parents, Edward R. and Susan “Pearl” Roberts. She graduated from Lake Crystal High School in 1953 and was a cheerleader and majorette as well as being very active in the Presbyterian Church groups and choirs.

She and her husband, Harlen Donald Gibbs (deceased), were married in 1956. Harlen and Betty have four children: Susan Marquardt of Hawthorne, CA; Harlen E. Gibbs (Deb) of Brooklyn Park, MN; Becky Steinacker (Scott) of Inver Grove Heights, MN; and Deb Gibbs of Buffalo, MN.
She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Rosalyn Dawson (Justin) of Chaska, MN, and Nick Gibbs (Katie) of Albertville, MN, and two sisters, Florence Norman of Dodge Center, MN, and Sandy Hillmer (John) of Coon Rapids, MN, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty had a strong work ethic beginning her first job delivering newspapers at a young age and was also a waitress and bank teller in Lake Crystal. After meeting and marrying the love of her life and moving to Minnetonka, MN, she worked at Marquette National Bank in downtown Minneapolis until moving to Buffalo in 1967 to build their dream home. While her children were young, she worked in the home as well as being a Teacher Aide and Playground Monitor at Hanover Elementary School. In 1977, Betty began a long career as a bank teller at Oakley National Bank, now KleinBank, retiring in 2000. Never one to rest long, she went back to KleinBank part time until the downtown bank closed in 2013.

Betty was extremely social and enjoyed talking with her bank customers, visiting friends and spending time with her family. She was always ready to lend a helping hand and was active in Sweet Adelines and enjoyed attending the Welsh Singing Festival, Gymanfa Ganu, in Mankato each year. She also enjoyed attending the Buffalo After 5 Women’s dinners and was involved in various Buffalo Presbyterian Church groups. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, yard work, doing laundry—especially ironing, and was an avid sports enthusiast. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Pearl; Husband, Harlen; Son-in-law, Kevin Marquardt; Brothers, Edward Roberts and Lloyd Roberts; Sisters, Edith Jones, Lillian Meredith, Gladys Mans, Eunice Volk, and Doris Howland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family.

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sandy Haegele

    The world has lost a beautiful person…and heaven has gained a beautiful person! Rejoice in her life! Rejoice in her passing! I will always remember how Betty gave of herself to her family, her community and her Lord! Rest in peace, dear lady.

  2. steve jeske

    Betty WAS everything people say about

  3. Tammy Zumbusch

    Wow, I just talked to her 2 weeks ago. Glad I got that chance. So very sorry for your loss. She was and will always be a great lady. Enjoyed all our hockey time together.

  4. Tara Munsterteiger

    Betty will be remembered as that smiling face at “Oakley Bank”; she will be missed. Heaven has gained a wonderful and special person. Her family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. Tara

  5. Jayne E. Weiche

    Betty has been a friend since 1984. We moved to Buffalo that year and I became friends with the girls at Oakley Bank.
    I will always remember her wonderful smile. Thank you for sharing your Mom with me. Know that her pride in her family is what she shared with us!!!Cling tight to your memories. God be with you…

  6. Brian Larson

    At the Bank she’d say “Hi Buns” even though I was in my 40’s. If anyone was in the car with me it turned into a long explanation. Then I’d have to endure the teasing that would follow. Sorry to see she has pasted.

  7. Alice Huhn

    Have only known Betty for a few years when she would come to California to visit her daughter Susan and what a wonderful lady she was. Had such a good time having dinner and visiting with her. She will be missed and my deepest sympathy to her family.

  8. steve williams

    Betty to me was a wonderful, hard working woman. There were times I said to myself I could never work that much. She was always smiling. I’ve known her since 1st grade and I’m truly gonna miss her. My prayers to Deb and her family.

  9. Sandy Willson-White

    Being a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Redondo Beach, CA; I have had the great priviledge to get to know Susan’s wonderful Mom, Betty Gibbs. Betty will be remembered by many here with great fondness. Our many prayers go out to Susan, Deb, & rest of family. See you in Heaven dear friend!

  10. Crystal, Anthony, and Graedyn Johnson

    Aunt Betty will truly be missed by all. I love hearing the stories of Graedyn’s adventures over the summer of 2015. I will continue to be praying for you in this time. We love you Deb and Aunt Betty.

  11. Heather and Cliff

    So sorry for your loss. May she RIP.


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