Edna "Anna" Gebben, 62, of Effingham, IL, passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 17, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Effingham. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 2:00 p.m. Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com.
Anna was born on June 30, 1957, in Charleston, IL, the daughter of Lloyd "Arkie" and Norma (Bosler) Waters. She was united in marriage to Randy Gebben on May 20, 1988.
Family was important to Anna and she was very involved in her children's and granddaughter's life. Anna spent much of her time making sure her flowers looked as beautiful as she did all the while riding around with her granddaughter on her golf cart. Anna was caring and compassionate. These traits were exemplified through her role as Senior Activity Coordinator at local assisted livings.
Anna is survived by her husband, Randy Gebben of Effingham; sons, Ryan (wife, Valerie) Gebben of Effingham, and Bradley (fiancée, Elizabeth Levine) Gebben of Effingham; granddaughter, Viviana Gebben; a grandson on the way; father, Arkie Waters of Hot Springs, AR; sister, Linda (husband, Chuck) Schafer of Glen Carbon; brother, Jeff (wife, Vickie) Waters of Mattoon; mother-in-law, Lila Gebben of Effingham; and sister-in-law, Cindy (Randy) Esch of Effingham.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Norma Waters; sister, Laura Collins; brother, Michael Waters, and father-in-law, Ray Gebben.
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Kelsey Probst
Jul 22, 2019
I worked under Anna at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, she was always so creative and energetic with the ideas she brought to the activity department and residents at the facility. I remember when she first found out about her cancer diagnosis and how strong she was about it and continued to work through her treatments. Although I didn’t communicate with her much after she left the nursing home I will always remember that she was a very lively and happy person and I’m very glad that I was able to know her.
Lisa Fox
Jul 20, 2019
Anna was a wonderful friend. She taught me so much about compassion and perseverance. I will cherish our memories and pray for her loving family.
Dave & Tracey Pankau
Jul 19, 2019
Anna was a wonderful person. I met her when our children went to school together. I have to say I fell in love with her beautiful smile, witt, compassion for others and her friendship right away. Anna didn't ever see a stranger and was always there to help with whatever the situation was. I'm glad to have been able to call her Friend. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Randy, Ryan, Brad & family Dave & I are so sorry for your loss. We'll be praying for all of you.
Cathy (Bosler) Bishop
Jul 18, 2019
We grew up and played together with many other cousins. Anna was always kind, and joyful, and always had the most contagious laugh. Her eyes sparkled and she never had a cross word for anyone. Rest well, cousin and friend.