Marie Hibler, 96, of Oskaloosa, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa.
She was born Saturday, March 24, 1917, in Keokuk County, the daughter of Fred Ervin and Janet Elizabeth Martin Rice. She graduated from the Fremont High School with the class of 1935. On Dec. 29, 1940, Marie was united in marriage to Lawrence L. Hibler at Lancaster, Mo., and he died May 8, 1995. Marie was a member of the C.C.C. Club. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, making quilts, Bingo and Skip-Bo. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren very much. Marie will always be remembered for her selflessness.
She is survived by her three daughters: Linda (and Alvin) LeMar, of Amodo, Ariz., Julia (and Stephen) Fortney, of St. Charles, Mo., Connie (and Stanley) Thomas, of Newton; a son: David (and Valarie) Hibler, of Ottumwa; 8 grandchildren: Christopher LeMar, Brian LeMar, Corey Fortney, Sabrina Gabbard, Greg Thomas, Jerry Thomas, Jason Hibler, and Jordan Hibler; and 10 great- grandchildren.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three brothers and their wives: Martin (and Florence) Rice, Neal (and Edith) Rice, Harold (and Martha) Rice; two sisters and their husbands: Margaret (and Don) Phillips and Evelyn (and Melvin) Flemming.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Pastor Alvern Boetsma officiating. Burial will be in the Abel Cemetery east of Fremont. Visitation will begin Wednesday after 1 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be present at the funeral chapel Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m. to greet friends and relatives.