Arlene Gibson, aged 96, Lisbon, ND, went to her eternal home on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Arlene Carolyn Froemke was born on December 18, 1923 at her parent’s (Herbert and Mae (Anderson) Froemke) home at the family farm near Lisbon. She attended Big Bend Country School and graduated from Lisbon High School. Growing up in a Christian home, her faith became very real to her. She graduated from North Central Bible College in Minneapolis and, during her college years, summers were spent in ministry at churches in ND and MN. It was during one of these Vacation Bible Schools in Powers Lake, ND that she met Leslie Gibson, the love of her life. Three days after meeting he left for military service for World War II. They did not see each other again until 3 ½ years later.
When Les returned they were reunited and courted for a year before they were married on September 5, 1946. They lived in Minneapolis and Powers Lake before moving to Lisbon where Les was in a business partnership with Arlene’s father.
They raised six children on a farm east of Lisbon and hosted the first Foreign Exchange Student at LHS, Mats Fabricius of Sweden. Arlene enjoyed being a homemaker and mother. She was active in the “Neighborly Homemakers Club”, Lisbon First Baptist Church and the Lisbon Hospital Auxiliary. They enjoyed many winters at their home in Mesa, AZ. They returned to Lisbon full time in 2001. In 2011, Les and Arlene moved to the ND Veterans Home. Arlene’s greatest desire is now a reality, to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior.
Arlene is survived by her six children: Timothy (Janet) of Eden Prairie, MN, Dean (Jerolyn) of Rapid City, SD; Susan Gibson of Lisbon, ND, Paul (Melissa) of Chatham, Illinois, Cynthia (David) Buchanan of Fargo, ND, and Valerie (James) Howard of Cando ND, 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, sisters Elaine Phifer of Mesa, AZ, Betty Wiltse of Lisbon and brother Allan Froemke of Lisbon.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sister Karen Trom, brother Dean Froemke, son-in-law, Charles Dunning, and grandson, Michael Buchanan.
Services will be at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Val Howard, 6490 68th St NE, Cando, ND, 58324.
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