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Published: April 28, 2021


Elise Rutherford-Gibson

Norma Elise was born December 29, 1929, in Goodspring, Tennessee, to Luther E. and Gladys Garner-Glover.  She grew up in the Shores Community, marrying neighbor, Leonard Rutherford ( son of Thomas & Edna) in 1949.  They moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1952, both becoming actively involved in The Salvation Army.  Elise loved little children and kept the nursery, later taught a  Primary age Sunday School class.  She became Sunbeam leader for young girls and often spent weeks at Salvation Army summer camp with them.  She was active in ladies’ Home League and often visited Senior citizens with League of Mercy.  She and Leonard moved back to the Morris-Rutherford homestead in Tennessee in 2008, became reacquainted with their friends and family in the area and attended Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church which Elise attended as a child growing up.

Elise loved her God and spent time reading her Bible on a regular basis; she loved her children, and equally loved to hold and rock her grandchildren, and great grandchildren as they came along and spent much time as possible with all of them.  She  also loved gardening, crocheting, and working both jigsaw and Sudoku puzzles.

She married a 2nd time in 2016 to Paul Gibson, moving to Leoma, and immediately gained more family to love.  She was blessed to live 91 years, being Promoted to Glory on April 28, 2021.

She is preceded in death by her 1st husband, Leonard Rutherford, in 2012, her sister, Willodene Vaughn, and two brothers, Robert & Jerry Glover.  She is survived by husband, Paul Gibson; children:  Judy & Lee Kelly, Terry & Brenda Rutherford, Cindy & Frank Waggoner, Sheila Vance, stepson Bobby Gibson & stepdaughter, Janice Long:  brother Harold Glover, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be from 11AM to 2PM on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Carr & Erwin Funeral Home.  with funeral service to begin at 2PM on Saturday, May 1, 2021, with burial to follow in Shores Memory Garden.

Graveside songs by her friends from Goodspring Mennonite Church.

Memorials may be made to Shores Memory Garden.

Carr & Erwin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.