Charlene Yasiunas Gibson, Magee, MS

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Charlene Yasiunas Gibson passed away on February 2, 2014. She was 86.  Services will be held at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Magee, Mississippi on Saturday, February 8, 2014 with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with the funeral Mass beginning at 11:00 a.m. Father Brian Carroll will officiate the service.   Tutor Funeral Home in Magee is handling the arrangements. Mrs. Gibson known affectionately as “Moitka” was born August 13, 1927 in Oak Park, Illinois.  Her parents Charles and Nellie Balsh Yasiunas preceded her in death as did her only sibling Marianne Yasiunas Bartash.  Her beloved husband William “Hoot” Gibson also preceded her in death.  They were married on April 8, 1950 until his death in 1982.  She is survived by her four children Alicia Gibson Keith and husband Mike of Magee, MS, Dr. Michael Gibson and his wife Lucy from Birmingham, AL, Laura Gibson Puttonen and her husband Steve from Lincoln, AL  and William Christopher Gibson and wife Laurel from Seattle, WA.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Michael Keith Jr. (Kristen), Kasey Keith, William James Chase Keith, Megan Gibson, Luke Gibson, Emily Gibson, Alexander Puttonen, Caitlyn Puttonen, Maren Gibson, Olivia Charlene Gibson and Sam Gibson. Moitka also has four great grandchildren Lillian Keith, Haedyn Keith, Nicholas and Matthew Ames.  She also survived by her canine family Miles and Minnie.

Moitka received her Diploma in Nursing from Loyola University in Chicago, IL.  She went on to complete her B.S. in nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA and her M.S. in Nursing from Louisiana State University. She began her nursing career in the Navy where she met and married her husband.  They traveled extensively during their tour of duty living in various places including Hawaii, Japan, and Guam.  They settled in San Jose, CA where they started their family.  The family moved to Louisiana in 1964.  Moitka also worked as a registered nurse at Seventh Ward General Hospital in Hammond, LA.  She finished her distinguished career as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA.  Upon her retirement she moved to Magee, Mississippi in 1988 where she resided until her death.  Moitka was a member of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church family in Magee.  Moitka was also a classically trained ballet dancer and an award winning competitive ballroom dancer.  She later worked with the students at Mendenhall Elementary sharing her love of dancing with the children.

First and foremost she fiercely loved her family and friends and her many canine and feline companions.  Though diminutive in size Moitka had a larger-than-life personality and made an indelible impression on everyone she met.  She will be greatly missed.

A special thanks to Dr. Frank Wade, the nurses and staff at Magee General Hospital and the staff at the Collins State Veterans Home.

Monetary donations may be made to Community Animal Rescue and Adoptions (CARA), 960 N. Flag Chapel Road, Jackson MS 39209 or Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) 395 Mayes Street West, Jackson, MS 39213.   Online condolences may be made at