MISSOULA – Nila Davis Gibbs, 91, passed away at St. Patrick Hospital on Friday, July 13, 2012. Her final days were spent in the company of her family and numerous friends.
Nila was born to Lawrence and Bessie Davis on Sept. 25, 1920. Her childhood was spent in New York City. In 1937, the family moved to Fresno, Calif., where she completed high school and graduated from Fresno State in 1942 with a degree in journalism.
In 1942, she married Rex Gibbs in Las Vegas. During World War II, they resided in Los Angeles. At the conclusion of the war, they decided to travel the Northwest looking for a place to call home.
They settled in the Rattlesnake Valley and built a home in 1947.
In 1955, Nila returned to college and received a bachelor’s degree in education and ultimately a master’s degree from the University of Montana. She began teaching at Lowell School and did so for 22 years.
Upon retirement, she traveled the world over to include Australia, the British Isles, Russia and 14 different cruises.
Nila was Deacon in the First Presbyterian Church, honorary life member of Presbyterian Women, member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Teacher’s Honorary. She volunteered at Community Hospital, RSVP, Mansfield Library and the YWCA.
Survivors include her sons, Rex (Linda), Steve (Debbie); grandchildren, Darilynn Davis, Matt Gibbs, Kristy Gibbs, Kobi Gibbs Ratzburg, Kari Shone; great-grandchildren, Dan and Hannah Davis, Dillon and Westin Gibbs, Keagan and Tanner Shone and Rylan Gibbs. She was preceded in death by her husband and great-granddaughter Reylene Davis. As mother, grandma and great-grandma, she will be greatly missed, particularly by those family and friends that participated in the Friday night, worldwide problem-solving sessions in the kitchen.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at the First Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow. Memorials to First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall or the charity of your choice.