24 June 1920–10 November 2013
Revelee Lee Hibdon, born Cylta Sonora Revelee Lee on 24 June 1920, died 10 November 2013 in Salt Lake City. Revelee was the born at Lark, Oklahoma, the youngest of nine children born to Marion Andrew Lee and Delores Ann Crowson Lee. Revelee was orphaned by the loss of her father before age two, and of her mother before age thirteen. She married William Cecil Hibdon on Halloween day, 1936.
Revelee was preceded in death by her husband and all of her siblings. She is survived by children Lois Marie Hibdon Seibert of Bakersfield, California, by David Hibdon of Salt Lake City, and by Delores Mae Hibdon of Shamrock, Texas. Grandchildren are Mitchell (wife Leslie) Seibert of Vernonia, Oregon; Deborah (husband John) Deegan of Banks, Oregon; Diana Seibert of Bakersfield, Karen Hibdon (husband Bob Gump) of Bethesda, Maryland; Martin Hibdon (wife Heather McNabb) of San Francisco; Susan Hibdon (husband Dustin Joyce) of New York City; and Ellen Hibdon of Salt Lake City. Survivors also include seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Revelee worked sometimes as a waitress in Oklahoma City and Bakersfield while her children grew up, then moved full time into retail as they left home. During the 1960s, she managed a Goodwill store in Berkeley and sold guns and cameras at the Naval Exchange on Treasure Island and at Vincent’s Sporting Goods in Bakersfield. In later years she lived and worked near friends or family in New Mexico, Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma. She retired in the early 1990s and lived mostly in Oregon thereafter, enjoying time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Revelee began a long fight with progressive dementia about year 2000. She at last succumbed to the condition, but retained a feisty personality to the last. She expressed pride and love for her family in her last days, and love for her caregivers on her last day of consciousness, 8 November 2013.
This obituary was published in The Bakersfield Californian on 4 December 2013. It has been edited for stylistic consistency.
This appeared on page 27 of Issue 13 | January 2014.