Eddie R. Gibson
The United Church of Christ in Hyannis was the setting for the August 31 Wedding of Judy Kay Prindle and Eddie Ray Gibson. The Rev. Louis Turner officiated at the double ring ceremony before the alter decorated with large basket of white gladiolas, large blue pointed daisies and small daisies of light blue and sky the colors selected for the candles in the candelabras. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Prindle of Hyannis and Mr. and Mrs. John A. Gibson, Jr. of Mullen.
The bride, escorted by her father, wore an empire silhouette gown of dacron organza. The high neck, straight sleeves and bodice were trimmed with Venice lace. Matching lace motifs with pearl rosette centers accentuated the A-line skirt and chapel train. Her silk imported English veil of illusion was held in place by a crown of seed pearls. She carried a bridal bouquet of roses and painted daisies with blue streamers. The bride’s only jewelry was a pair of tiny pearl earrings, a gift from the groom.
Mrs. Mary Ann Stevens of Omaha, cousin of the bride, played traditional wedding music and accompanied Dennis Eggleston, a cousin of the bride, who sang, “The Lord’s Prayer”, during the ceremony. Gary Naylor accompanied Bert Prindle, cousin of the bride, who sang, “Top of the World”, preceding the ceremony.
Mrs. Jean Hicks was matron of honor for her sister. She wore a floor-length princess style dress of sky-blue silk chow. Bridesmaids were Shari Gibson, sister of the groom, and Mrs. LaVon Simpson. They wore floor-length princess style dresses of light blue silk chow. All carried nosegay bouquets of white and blue painted daisies with blue streamers and wore white picture hats.
Dan Gibson was best man for his brother. Groomsmen were Kenny Joe Boyer and Mike Arends.
Dana Reineke, niece of the bride, was flower girl and wore a long dress of the same light blue as the bridesmaids. Jeff Hicks, nephew of the bride, was ring bearer.
Candlelighters were Brenda Stevens and Traci Eggleston, both cousins of the bride. Ushers were John Hicks, brother-in-law of the bride, and Don Hapton.
The bride’s mother wore a floor-length gown of the light blue nylon, trimmed in Venice lace and the groom’s mother wore a floor-length gown of red. Both wore corsages of roses and painted daisies.
Special guests were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Prindle, grandparents of the bride, and Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Reeves, grandparents of the groom. Extra special guest was Mrs. Bertha Evert, life-long friend of the family, who was celebrating her 90th birthday. The bridal party and guests honored her with the “Happy Birthday” song, during the reception.
Mrs. Ardith Reineke, sister of the bride, was in charge of the guest book. At the gift table were Mrs. Betty Eggleston, cousin of the bride, Brook Merrihew, Polly Rothwell and Sandi Stevens, cousin of the bride, as gift bearer.
Personal attendants to the bride and helping with the flowers were Miss Linda Morris of Loup City, and Miss Ann Johnson of Ogallala.
A reception was held in the Fellowship Hall following the ceremony and hosted by the following friends: Mmes. Shirley Rothwell, Donna Simpson, Minnie Miller, Shirley Merrihew and Della Hayward.
The Bride’s table featured a four-tiered wedding cake with white roses and blue bows, baked and decorated by the groom’s mother. Serving at the reception table were Mrs. Berniece VanMatre, aunt of the bride, and Mrs. Mary Vallentine, cousin of the groom, who cut and served the cake. Mrs. Lillian Prindle, aunt of the bride, poured the punch and Mrs. Ruby Sommers, aunt of the groom, poured the coffee.
Following a wedding trip to Estes Park, Colorado, the couple are at home in Mullen, Nebraska, where the groom is employed at Schmoker Chevrolet Oldsmobile Co., Inc.
Eddie Ray Gibson was born September 24, 1949 in Alliance, Nebraska to John A. and Betty K. Gibson. He departed this life on January 6, 1987 at the age of 37 years at Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital in Omaha. He is survived by two children, Nicole Ann and John Jeffords Gibson, both of Alda, NE; his mother, Betty K. Gibson of North Platte; a brother, Dan Gibson and family and a sister, Shari Bergmeier and family, all of Kearney. He was preceded in death by his father, John A. Gibson, Jr. and a niece Ashley G. Bergmeier.
Ed was a graduate of Mullen High School, attended Kearney State College and later graduated from Sidney Voc.-Tech College. He was married in Hyannis on August 31, 1974 to Judy Prindle. Two children were born of this union, Nicole Ann, age 8 and John Jeffords, age 4. Ed was employed by various auto dealerships and construction companies and at the time of his death was employed by Homestake Mining Company of California. He was a confirmed member of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church where he served as an alcolyte many times. Ed enjoyed several school activities including wrestling, school plays, debate team and musical groups. Ed especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapshooting, boating, skiing and most outdoor activities.
Anyone who knew Ed, knew his quick wit and good sense of humor. He was always willing to share a joke with anyone who had a listening ear. He was never afraid to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, never knew a stranger and always stood firm on things he believed in. Ed was loved and will be missed by family and a host of friends.
Services were held Saturday January 10, 1987 at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Mullen with Father Jogues Epple officiating.