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Obituary: Giboney, Helen Ingeborg

Age 92


On the evening of March 31, 2012 Helen Ingeborg Rosenquist Giboney, former Spokane Valley resident, flew away to eternal peace surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born on April 11, 1920 to Oscar and Ingeborg Rosenquist of Veradale, Washington. She and her two brothers, Werner and Howard, grew up on a small farm on Valley Way Road where they assisted with daily chores and attended Central Valley schools. A major influence on Helen’s early life was the depression of the 1930s. She was ever the saver of re-useable items and an advocate for waste reduction long before the practice became a national priority.

Helen married Thomas S. Giboney on March 8, 1941. Following Tom’s service in the Army Air Corps in World War II, the couple owned and operated a small grocery store on the corner of Sullivan and Sprague. Tom later worked for the Old National Bank. Helen and Tom had three sons: John, Rick and Gregg. Helen was the grandmother of Nancy Giboney Flanagan, Steven Giboney, Carrie Giboney Norton, Kevin Giboney, Jordon Giboney and Bryce Giboney. At the time of her death, Helen was a great-grandmother to: Meagan Giboney, Lindsey Flanagan, Nathan Giboney, Rachel Flanagan, and Zach Norton.

Helen attended the Spokane Business School and worked as a secretary in the office of the Spokane Auto Interurban Bus Lines during the War. She was a lover of flowers, delighting in the growing of her own and enjoying the successes of others. She enjoyed greatly the times spent with members of the Spokane Valley Garden Club. In 1994, Helen and Tom moved to Lynnwood, Washington to be closer to family, residing at Fairwinds Brighton Court Retirement Community. The friendships made there were very important to Helen.

Helen is survived by her brother Howard; sons John (Ann), Rick (Patti) and Gregg (Sue). She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Tom and brother Werner.

Remembrances in Helen’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society, Providence Hospice of Everett or any cause close to your heart. A memorial service at the Fairwinds Brighton Court will be held at 3:30 pm on Sunday April 15, 2012.


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