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Robert and Audrey Gibbons

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Robert Keith Gibbons, the fourth child and the third son of Lester O. and Velora N. Burton Gibbons, was born on December 1, 1931, in Madrid. He attended and graduated from the Madrid School system. Robert served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955, both here in the United States and in Korea. While stationed in California, he was joined in marriage to Audrey Jean Todd, the daughter of Eugene R. Todd and Alice C Webb Todd, in 1952, in San Diego County in Oceanside, California. Audrey was born in Boone County, and raised in Madrid, as were her parents. Her father, Eugene, was a coal miner in his early life in and around the local mines in Madrid. He was born in the tiny coal mining town of High Bridge, south of Madrid, moved to Madrid in his early childhood, and married Alice C. Webb.

Robert and Audrey had two daughters: Vickey and Paula.

Vicky R. Gibbons was born September 19, 1953, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Offutt Air Force Base Hospital. Paula Jo Gibbons was born April 18, 1956, in the Boone County Hospital, in Boone, Iowa. Both girls attended and graduated from the Madrid Community School system. Vickey resides in Des Moines, and is a nurse at the Mercy Hospital there. Paula resides in Madrid, and works with the retarded at the Woodward State Hospital and School, in Woodward, Iowa.

After being discharged from the service, Robert went to Firestone to work approximately seven years. He worked in the local U.S. Post Office for 12 years before being transferred to the Des Moines Post Office for 8 years, and is again presently working in the Madrid Post Office.

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