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Ivy Juanita Gibson

Fayetteville, AR, 1943 - 2022

Ivy Juanita Gibson, age 78, of Fayetteville, AR, passed from this life Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Juanita was born October 31, 1943, in Fayetteville, AR, to the late Oscar Prater and Ethel Louise Sargent Prater. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, James Delbert Gibson. Juanita had a servant's heart, and was deeply involved with Emmanuel Lutheran Church and its ministries. Her love for Razorback football was second only to her love for God and family. Everyone who met Juanita felt her big heart and loving nature. She was affectionately known as Nanny by her children and grandchildren, and all of their friends. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Nanny. Her pictures of the sunset from her front porch were awe-inspiring. She had an uncanny ability to find happiness in her daily activities and interactions. She will be missed by her four grandchildren who spent countless hours at her home fishing, driving the Mule, playing games, and eating ‘the best food ever'. After the passing of her husband, Del, in 2014, she became an anchor for the entire family. She was the one everyone counted on for wise and loving advice. She passed peacefully with inspirational faith, looking forward to seeing Del again. Juanita's love of life didn't come to an end with her death, as she was surrounded by many loved ones who will continue to honor her legacy by loving unconditionally and living life to the fullest.

She is survived by her children, Pam Stockland (Tom) and Kim Wray (Scott), grandchildren Bart, Brett (Alyssa), Megan, and Sarah Kate, siblings Bill Prater (Shirley) Delbert Prater (Joyce), Jim Prater (Vaso), and Norma Stocker (Kit).

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 12, at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. Private family burial will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2901 East Zion Road, Suite 17, Fayetteville, AR, 72703, or Willard Walker Hospice House, 325 East Longview Street, Fayetteville, AR, 72703. To view the livestream of Juanita's service please go to To place an online tribute, please visit

Published September 10, 2022

Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory
4520 North Crossover Road, P.O. Box 8982, Fayetteville, AR
Phone: 479-521-5000