Elizabeth Zaner Gibson

October 21, 2019


Elizabeth Zaner Gibson, 97 of Columbia, formerly of Moberly died Monday, October 21, 2019. She was born February 21, 1922 in Renick, MO to J. Roy and Elizabeth (Melrose) Vance.

Elizabeth was a homemaker until 1966 when she went to work as the secretary at the Moberly Public Schools. In 1980 she was elected the Randolph County Public Administrator, and served two terms before retiring in 1989.

She married James Ira Zaner on June 27, 1940 in Moberly and he preceded her in death in 1985. She later married William O. Gibson, Jr. on June 18, 1988 and he preceded her in death on January 27, 2005. Also preceding her in death were her parents, a daughter, Twyla Jackson, a son, Dayna Zaner and six siblings.

Survivors include her daughter and best friend, Iris “Sam” Kanatzar of Columbia, five grandchildren; James and Aaron Zaner and Tres Kanatzar all of Columbia, MO, Sabra Zaner of Moberly and Chris Jackson of Laurie, MO, nine great grandchildren,a daughter-in-law, Cathy Zaner Tarr, a sister-in-law, Roberta Vance both of Moberly, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Services honoring and celebrating Elizabeth’s life were held at the Cater Funeral Home Chapel.  Committal prayers and burial followed in the Oakland Cemetery.


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