Obituaries & Tributes

Nancy Ann (Hutson) Sowers

date of birth May 21 1940

date of death November 23 2019

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our beloved mother. On November 23, 2019, at 79 years young, Nancy Ann (Hutson) Sowers of Colton, Oregon went to be with Jesus.

Born to Joseph Hill and Lovica May Hutson in Austin, Texas, she spent her childhood in the land that she loved.

Nancy devoted most of her life to serving others, including raising her 11 children who were the pride and joy of her life. Her commitment and selflessness drove her to give all she could to enrich the lives of those around her, using her many and varied skills to work odd jobs, teach Sunday school, and informally adopt every neighborhood kid who was in need of just a little more love, understanding, or forgiveness.

Once her children were grown, Nancy found room to balance her amazing role as a mother and grandmother with exploring new adventures in her own life. She spent several years working as a park ranger at Collins Lake in Browns Valley, California, and later as an Office Secretary at Fisher’s Supply in Canby, Oregon.

Nancy was an artist in many forms: sewing, quilting, crafting, sketching and painting. She was an avid outdoorswoman who loved nature, her flowers and garden, road trips, hunting, camping, and sitting on the front porch watching the sun rise as it crept up on her toes. Treasure hunting at antique stores and garage sales was a favorite past time.

Nancy also had a deep love for music, especially bluegrass gospel. Throughout her life she played guitar, banjo, mandolin, and mountain dulcimer, loved to sing and dance, and also lovingly encouraged her children in their musical journeys.

Her deep faith in God was her source of strength and peace. She was a woman of prayer and loved reading her bible for study, guidance and encouragement. She was always eager to share that with others.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Hill and Lovica Hutson; brothers, Gene Hutson and Charles Hutson; and her beloved son, Charles Anthony Gibson.

Nancy is survived by her brother, Willard Hutson; her children, Charlene Slocum (Kim), Peggy Church (Leroy), Patsy Yoder (Randy), Andy Gibson (Cathy), Charmin Gibson (Lonnie Wainscott), Daisy Brandhorst (Frank), John Gibson (Holly Walder), Matt Gibson (Adam Temple), Melinda Becker (Justin), Zeb Sowers (Tracy Rhodes); 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Nancy leaves behind a legacy of generosity, compassion, and kindness, along with a massive family and extended network of friends and acquaintances who are richer in spirit for having been introduced to her unique and powerful ability to love unconditionally.

Nancy will be remembered for the unselfish way she loved and served others. In lieu of flowers, our family would ask that you pay it forward in an act of service, in the loving memory of our sweet mother.

A private family viewing was held at Canby Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service to be announced at a later date.

37 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Margo Cash I am sorry for the loss of your mother. I didn't know her, but after reading her obituary what an amazing mom and friend she was. Deepest sympathy.

Candle lit by Nancy Satrum Because of you I gained my forever friend Patsy. You will be so missed, rejoice that you are safe in Jesus arms. Will see you soon. Love you.

Candle lit by Matt Everything good in me was learned at your feet and nurtured by your hand. You loved me, believed in me, encouraged me, comforted me, challenged me, pushed me, and taught me to laugh without holding back. I’m so proud to be your son.

Candle lit by Tracee You will be deeply missed grandma, we love you so much.

Candle lit by PATSY YODER Love you forever

Candle lit by Dallas Love you grandma so much- and will miss you terrible

Candle lit by Charmin Rest in peace my beautiful momma. I will hold your memory very dearly and strive to be all you taught me to be. I love you with all my heart and soul.

Candle lit by Peggy Church I am so blessed to be able to call you my mom. Your life example is inspirational. My heart is broken and the days ahead seem unbearable, but I rejoice in knowing that you are with Jesus and surrounded with the joy and peace you so well deserve. You will be in my heart daily. I will see you again some day. Love - forever and always, Peggy

Candle lit by Casey VanDamme ( Fisher ) When I was a young child Nancy was like the mom I always wanted the family I didn’t have! The kids and my sister and I rode the church bus together and for a short time I had some normalcy in my life! She treated us like her own! I have very very fond memories of her and all of the kids! I love you all and thank you Nancy for your loving and kind heart❤️

Candle lit by John and Holly Mom you are forever a part of me and will be with me wherever I go. Love you always, Holly You always held your hand up and said pick one so we picked the middle candle.

Candle lit by Cheyenne I love you so, so, so much Grandma, and will miss you just as much. I find peace knowing you’re in the arms of Jesus ❤️

Candle lit by Jessie Love you Grandma

Candle lit by Judson Gibson (Brandi) You will always be missed and cherished by many people. Lighting a candle for you is a small appreciation of the bright light you were in my life and many others. I love you Grandma.

Candle lit by John Gibson Grandma, I’ve missed you for so long, and I wish so badly that I would’ve been able to see you again. I love you and know you’re in a better place and looking down over all of us. You’re no longer in any pain and I know I’ll see you again when the time is right.

Candle lit by Tina Allmon Rest In Peace sweet lady

Candle lit by Doug and Krysti Bellmore You will always hold a special place in our hearts Nancy. Our prayers are with your family.

Candle lit by Sasha Job So many prayers for all the families who love miss Nancy! It was long ago, but a privilege to have met her!❤️

Candle lit by CMG God blessed us with the sweetest blessing a family could ever have.

Candle lit by Kurt and Cheryl

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Candle lit by Charbonneaus Love you Grandma

Candle lit by Ciara I will love and miss you forever. Rest In Peace! ♥️

Candle lit by Bill and Christeen Love you Nancy - you will be missed, your spirit goes on ! Thank you for touching our lives with love ❤️

Candle lit by Judy Petty Aunt Nancy was a beautiful lady. I wish it hadn't been so long since I seen her. Forever in our hearts.

Candle lit by Trish Modrall Your footsteps on this earth have left forever lasting footprints. Rest In Peace with our savor.

Candle lit by Hailei, Maeve, and Daniel I am extraordinarily fortunate to have shared my childhood with you. You were the most giving, selfless, beautiful person I’ve known to ever walk this earth. These days ahead weigh heavy on my heart but I’m eased by the thought of all the peace and joy you are surrounded with. I know you’re watching over us all, and I know you are proud. You have taught me so much and I’m extremely grateful to practice all you’ve shown me. We love you grandma. Always❤️

Candle lit by Trevor Shrock I am a better man because of you, Grandma. Words have yet been created to describe a soul such as yours. Thank you for everything. I’ll find you when my time comes.

Candle lit by Jessica McFarland I dont know you to well rip your still family I'm Jessica james wainscott daughter I'm so sorry may you fly high in heaven and always prosper prayers for you and your family my family and I love you and your family may god wrap you in his arms may you always be remembered and never be forgotten

Candle lit by Melissa (Lenhardt) Kauffman I have fond memories of hanging out with Peggy and while at her home her dear Mama and Daddy would play mandolin and fiddle and raise the roof with singing and great joy. You could feel the love!! My sympathies to the Gibson family!! I can't wait for heaven to hear her again!! Talk about real joy!!!

Candle lit by Kenzee I'm gonna love you forever and ever amen

Candle lit by John and Lynn Temple Our hearts ache for all of you. We only met your mother one time but knew right away that she was an adventurous, talented, and fun loving women who loved her family. She had a special place in her heart for each and every one of you - and there are a lot of you. She had a very big heart!

Candle lit by Judy Marshall

Candle lit by Judy Marshall Rest in peace.

Candle lit by Kathy Hutson Miss you.

Candle lit by Diana (Sowers) Vecchio You've taught me so much about country living and never forget what you've always done for me. May you always be the candle light at the end of a tunnel, because you are unforgettable.

Candle lit by Doris Yoder I count it a special part of my life to call you my friend. Heaven gained another soul on your entrance. Thank you for being such a bright light to so many and for showing your love for our savior.

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