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age 89, of McLeansboro, Illinois passed away at 2:04 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2016 at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt Vernon, Ill. She was born April 24, 1927 in Hamilton County, the Daughter of Eddie and Mary (Manier) Smith. She worked as a seamstress at the former Elder Mfg. company in McLeansboro. She also worked in the laundry department at Mcleansboro Health Care and was a member of Blooming Grove Baptist Church. She married Merril Lee Gibbs on September 7, 1946. Zella is survived by 2 sons; Gary Gibbs of Opdyke, Illinois and Donald ( wife Becky ) Gibbs of Wayne City, Illinois. 1 Daughter; Brenda ( Husband John) McPeak of McLeansboro, Illinois. 10 Grandchildren; Genette ( Kevin) Murphy, Trent McPeak, Jonelle (James) Joiner, Stephanie McGee, Stacie (Aaron) Woodrome, Conan (Danielle) Gibbs, J.K.Davolt, Donald Gibbs-Davolt, Merrilee Gibbs-Davolt and Kristin (Laythan) Musgrave. 19 Great Grandchildren; Haylee, Tristan, Alyssa, Emalee & Weslee McPeak, Jordyn & Taylor Joiner, Mikayla Ford, Kayden McGee, Preston, Aiden and Braxton Woodrome. Ethan, Anna, Abby Gibbs, Heath Murphy & Gracie, Hallie & Owen Musgrave. 1 Great Great Grandson; Luke Short. 3 Sister-in-Laws; Katherine (Don) McRoy, Wilma Rose Smith and Rosemary Gibbs. Also several Nieces & Nephews. Zella was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Daughter-in-law: Catheline Gibbs, Brothers: Bill, Ralph, Lewis & Aden Smith, Sisters: Lizzie Hart & Anna Hale.

Funeral Service will be Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at
Blooming Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Gary Davenport will officiate.
Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. Thursday until the time of service at 1:00 p.m.
Published on September 29, 2016
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