Lanora May Gibson

Lanora May Gibson

January 26, 1949 – May 14, 2019

 Ms. Lanora May Gibson, age 70, of Oneonta, New York, passed on May 14, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska, following a long battle with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Lanora was born on January 26, 1949 in Oneonta, New York, the daughter of Clarence and Ethel May. She grew up in Oneonta with her sister, Debbie May, and raising her younger brothers after the untimely passing of their beloved mother, Ethel May. After graduating from Oneonta Senior High School in 1967, Lanora traveled the country serving as the military spouse of a Naval aviator and raising her five children. In 1989, she relocated to Nebraska. She spent the final years of her life in the loving care of her daughter, Erin and son-in-law, Rich, and granddaughters, Narcisa and Solana. Lanora was an avid lover of music, the Nebraska Huskers, and the Washington Redskins.

Lanora is survived by her children: Erika Gibson-Bertram of Falls, PA, Erin Gibson Martines and her husband Rich of Ralston, NE, Colonel Eries Mentzer and her husband Eddy of Alexandria, VA, John Gibson and his wife Jessica of Mesa, AZ, and Jarian Gibson and his wife Patty of Merriam, KS; her ten grandchildren: Narcisa, Hunter, Solana, Phoenix, Merick, Osiris, Jaxson, Lena, Violet, and Xavier; aunt, Jeanette Dewitt of Delhi, NY; her uncle, Charles Cox of Denver, CO; and her brothers, Bruce May of San Antonio, TX, and Mark May of Mesa, AZ.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, May 18th at 3pm at the West Center Chapel.  Interment: Plains Cemetery in Oneonta, NY.



  • Erin Gibson-Martines Posted May 16, 2019 4:21 pm

    I miss you so much mom. My house doesn’t seem
    The same without you. I
    Love you ❤️

  • Kimberly Bentley Posted May 16, 2019 4:38 pm

    Erin,Narcisa, Solana and Rick my heart and prayers are with you! I am honored to have been able to meet you beautiful Mother while we were in Omaha! Love you Cousins!

  • Chris & Melissa Freese Posted May 16, 2019 5:42 pm

    Gibson Family,

    Melissa and I are sorry for the loss of your mother. She is now at peace and not suffering anymore. We are sending prayers to you and your families.

  • Mink & Earl Cushman Posted May 16, 2019 6:48 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. No words will be able to ease the pain you’re feeling or make your loss feel less. But know if there is anything you need, even if its an ear to listen or arms to embrace, we are here.
    (Erin – we love you)

  • Nathan and Barbi Welch Posted May 16, 2019 6:52 pm

    Sorry for your family’s pain today. You’ll will be in our thoughts in the upcoming days. Special prayer for all of you.

  • Lesa Holt Posted May 16, 2019 7:07 pm

    Sending love and prayers to each and everyone of you, support one another and celebrate in the memories.

  • Crystal Kubeczka Posted May 16, 2019 7:20 pm

    I’m so sorry Erin for your loss. I know this is a tough time for you and I wish I could take away your pain I just want you to know that I’m thinking about you and praying comfort and love for you and your family right now.

  • Gail DeWitt Smith Posted May 16, 2019 7:44 pm

    Nora was a big part of our family. I remember many times she spent with our family. Mom and Dad considered her a daughter. I’m so sorry for all of you for your loss. She endured many hard times in her life but always overcame them. Her children were her pride and joy and was very proud of each and everyone of you. Prayers and peace during this time. Love, Gail

  • Beverly C Palmer Posted May 16, 2019 8:11 pm

    I send my sincere condolences to each of you, I truly wish I could have met Lenora, may she rest in eternal peace.

  • JJAB Posted May 16, 2019 8:43 pm

    I miss you mom..❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Annette Carroll-Taylor Posted May 17, 2019 4:00 am

    Beautiful Lenora, I was so sad to hear of your passing. Know you’ve left behind your legacy in your kids and grandchildren. Instilling in them your kind and generous heart and surely your quick wit. Rest in paradise where pain and suffering no longer exist.

  • Shirley M. White Posted May 17, 2019 5:33 am

    So sorry for the family’s loss. Nora was a beautiful lady inside and out.

  • Kathleen Robnett Posted May 17, 2019 7:55 am

    My prayers are with you and your family.. Live Kathleen Robnett

  • Kathy Doleman Posted May 17, 2019 4:09 pm

    Erin, you are my extended family’ and my prayers and all my good wishes are with you guys now. Hold on to God’S unchanging hand and know that all is well. She is resting and will never be in pain ever again. Cherish all the good times and great memories that you have, we are here for you. Love ya.

  • Willie Fant Posted May 17, 2019 11:39 pm

    Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Willie Fant and Family.

  • Andrea Eiler Posted May 18, 2019 9:50 pm

    I am very sorry for the loss. Celebrate the memories and know she is in peace and in great company with her parents watching over you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Angel Raffety Posted May 19, 2019 12:31 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Erin. Your mother was a wonderful lady. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • CWA Iowa Staff Office Posted May 20, 2019 9:36 am

    Very sorry for your loss. Prayers and healing thoughts to your family at this time.

    From your Union Sisters in Iowa.

  • Jay and Sheila Boyle Posted May 20, 2019 10:21 am

    Erin and Rich we are so sorry for your loss. It is tough to lose one so close but with time the memories will heal the pain you are feeling today. We are thinking and praying for you.
    With our deepest sympathy.

  • Kimberly M. Raymond Posted May 20, 2019 11:08 pm

    My heart is broken over the passing of your mama. I have so many wonderful memories of hanging out at your house in CA when we were kids. Your mom always frrsted me like a family member and I always appreciated that about Her. She was an amazing woman and mama to you kids. Sending so much love, hugs and thoughts your family’s way. ❤

  • CWA Local 7470 Posted May 21, 2019 9:16 am

    Rich and family, we’re so sorry for your loss. Your grief is shared by many, and your loving memories of Lanora will sustain you in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. You are in our hearts.

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