Barbara Ann Kibler, age 86, passed away November 23, 2014 at the Garfield County Health Center.
Barbara Ann Thompson was born to George and Romaine Kearney Thompson on October 9, 1928. She joined sisters Jean and Adele. Later little sister Kay joined the family. Ann’s father was a coal miner and her mother was the secretary for Brockway Glass Company and a school teacher.
Ann attended schools in Brockway, Pennsylvania and worked for Brockway Glass Company throughout high school. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University and she received a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. After graduation she boarded a train in Brockway, Pennsylvania and came to Brockway, Montana. Ann taught school at Van Norman. Her students included Randy and Donny Billing and Bobby Kerr. She had many stories of her first horse-back rides and how well she was welcomed by the community.
Ann married Dean Kibler on May 24, 1952. They leased the McKerlick Place until 1955 with Dean’s brother, Keith Kibler. Their first home was the McKerlick bunk house, which still stands today. They raised sheep and trailed them from Jordan to Fairview across Fort Peck Dam. Ann told of when they were crossing the dam and darkness overtook them. They bedded the band down where they thought they wouldn’t be a nuisance and retired for the night. When they awoke in the morning, they discovered they had bedded down in the middle of the golf course in the small town of Fort Peck!
Ann and Dean purchased their ranch from Clem and Edith Larson in 1958 for $12 per acre. They raised sheep and cattle and paid off their purchase in 1978. Ann had many happy memories of all the company that spent time on the ranch during the summer. Many nephews and nieces looked forward to their summer “vacation” at Dean and Ann’s!
Following Dean’s passing, Ann added to the family ranch in 1982 when she purchased the Wilson Place from Dick Wilson. Ann returned to college in the fall of 1980. There she received her second Bachelor’s degree, this one in Accounting. Ann continued ranching and “retired” in late 1999 when she decided it was time “to pass on the reins”. She resided at her home on the ranch and enjoyed company and “spoiling” her grandchildren.
Ann served as clerk of Benzien School District for many, many years as well as on many boards including Garfield County Bank Board and the Garfield County Library Board. She also served as the Wool Pool Secretary and worked as Clerk and Recorder of Garfield County.
Ann is survived by her son Myron (Mary Beth) Kibler of Sand Springs, daughter Carol (Robert) McNutt of Arcanum, Ohio, daughter Katie (Mark) Johnson of Sand Springs, daughter Diane (Wyatt) Colvin of Sand Springs; grandchildren Misty (Jason) DeWitt, Rick (Melissa) Kibler, Brent (Nea) McNutt, Shelley McNutt, Lennae (Todd) Wilkins, Ethan Johnson, Raina Johnson, Melanie Johnson, Shelby Colvin and Walker Colvin; great-grandchildren Rebekka and Raelyn DeWitt, Eric Kibler, Connor, Brittani, Mark and Kaitlynn McNutt; her sister Kay (Bill) Danik of Yuba City, CA; sisters-in-law Lucele Halfacre of Anchorage, AK and Doris Thomas of West Minister, CO and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dean, parents George and Romaine Thompson, sisters Jean Uplinger and Adele Ferguson, in-laws Fred and Louise Kibler, Marvin and Alice Meyer, Keith and Shirley Kibler, Tom Thomas, Wayne Uplinger and Dwight “Ferg” Ferguson.
Ann always hated funerals and swore she would not attend her own and would prefer a party instead. Her family is planning a reunion in her memory in the summer of 2015.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Jordan. Following her express wishes graveside services will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the family plot at the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Garfield County Ambulance Fund or to a charity of your choice.