Hope Anderson Gamble
Wednesday, January 16, 2008Fort Collins, Colo. - Surrounded by her family, Hope Anderson Gamble, 86, daughter of Gus and Arah ("Ahboo") Anderson, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. Hope was born Aug. 25, 1921, raised in Peoria, Ill., attended Bradley University and completed her degree in vocal music at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. She was married to Charles Stephen Gamble for 50 years until his death in 1997.
Hope and her husband owned the Gamble Music Store in Galesburg, where she taught voice and piano lessons for 50 years. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Galesburg and over the last 10 years of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Collins. She enjoyed singing in church choirs for most of her life. She was an active member of PEO for 60 years and, in recent years, she was involved in Stephen Ministries. Some of her favorite activities were her Bible study, playing bridge with friends and her weekly Saturday luncheons with close friends from "Newcomers." Thank you Alma, Barbara and Joan for being with her this past Saturday.
Hope lived her life with the constant and unwavering spirit of her name. Her consistent response to any and all adversity was "just look at the bright side." Optimism, joy, friends, family, the blessings of life and love, her love of music and her faith in God were the hallmarks of her life. She was a voracious reader of the best literature she could find and wrote memorable letters and family memories.
Hope was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her sister, Robby Stubbs of Peoria, Ill.; sister-in-law Betty Gamble; daughter Polly and son-in-law Ken Tribbey of Larkspur, Colo.; daughter Aimee and son-in-law Fred Peterson of Galesburg, Ill.; and son Todd and daughter-in-law Mary Gamble of Fort Collins. Hope ("Mimi") is also survived by grandchildren Edie Hope Bishop and Michael Davidson of Seattle, Wash.; Christopher Todd Bishop, currently living in Beijing, China; Hayley Hope and Abby Rose Peterson of Galesburg, Ill.; Skyler and Madeline Arah Gamble of Fort Collins, Alisia and Eric Jones and great-grandson, Lennon Jones of Littleton, Colo. Hope had many nieces and nephews and so many wonderful and loving friends in both Galesburg and Fort Collins. She was blessed with kind and caring neighbors Kenny, Diane and Charles Wagener and Mindy Alonzo, who made sure she had friends close by. Thank you to all the Saints drivers, friends and the First Presbyterian van drivers for helping Hope get around town over the years.
Allnutt Funeral Service, Fort Collins, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Galesburg.