Happy 105th birthday, Hilda Gibson

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Hilda Gibson

EUGENE, Ore. - Hilda Gibson celebrated her 105th birthday October 16 at Churchill Estates, an assisted living facility in Eugene.

Her friends and family were there to celebrate Gibson’s amazing life.

When asked her advice to people today, Gibson talked about an issue just as relevant today as when she was young: shrugging off negativity.

“When people are mean or say bad words, don’t lose sleep. Me? Hah! I just laugh,” she said.

Gibson was born on October 6, 1908, in Austria.

She immigrated to the United States in 1933, settling for a short time in Wisconsin before her first husband became ill.

According to her daughter, Ilsa Adams, the family moved West on the advice of a doctor.

“My stepfather had physical problems and the doctor said he had to go out in the country. He said to go to Oregon. So, we traveled in our 1935 Chevrolet. He had never driven a car before,” Adams said.

The young family settled in Florence, and Gibson stayed active by regularly swimming and walking.

She outlived two husbands, remaining in Florence for 75 years.

Gibson raised an extensive family that now includes 18 great great-grandchildren.

Her granddaughter Kathie Robidou said her grandmother has taught members of the family a lot through her actions and outlook.

“She had a good sense of humor, and that got her through a lot. She’s a very giving person and she’s very strong. So that tends to run in our family. I think we got that from her,” Robidou said.