- Local Guide
Almeda D. Hibner, 92, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.
She was born June 17, 1921, in Allen County, the daughter of Doris and Frank Fisher, who preceded her in death. On Jan. 4, 1942, she married Reuben E. Hibner, and he died Jan. 9, 2005.
Survivors include five children, Doris J. Hibner, of Wapakoneta, Dale F. (Joyce) Hibner, of Crossville, Tenn., James F. Hibner, of Logan, Janice K. (Richard) Valentine, of Tiffin, and David L. (Chris) Hibner, of Wapakoneta; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Doris Fisher, of Lima.
She was preceded in death by a son, Reuben Paul Hibner; and three brothers, Joseph, David, and Lyman Fisher.
Almeda was born and raised in the Spencerville area. Upon her marriage, she joined Reuben in the farming operation in Clay Township while rearing six children.
She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Wapakoneta since her marriage in 1942. Her church was very important to her. She served on various committees and taught Sunday school for 37 years where she also served as Sunday school superintendent.
One of her strong interests of concern was for those who could not get out to attend church. She was the force behind Congregational Care at St. Paul Church for many years. In this capacity she led a group of women in making various craft gifts which the congregation then distributed to those in hospitals, nursing homes and home bound.
For many years she was an active volunteer at the Fairhaven Community Home in Upper Sandusky which is part of the United Church Homes. At one time, she served as a board member of the Fairhaven Volunteers.
Almeda, along with her late husband, was very active in Gideons International. She served on many auxiliary committees, including making special favors for the annual dinners.
Almeda was an active 4-H adviser for 40 years and was honored by the Ohio Extension Agents Association for her leadership in 1997.
She served on the Ohio Extension Homemakers Council Board as environmental chairperson for four years.
Almeda was active in many community activities including band parents and the annual Cancer Society fundraising drive.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Wapakoneta, with the Revs. Becky Sunday and Elaine Mikesell officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Wapakoneta.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Paul United Church of Christ, St. Johns Fire and Rescue, or the Auglaize County 4-H Foundation.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.
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