Born Jan. 8, 1945 in Hayden, Colo., Ms. Gabbard was a teacher and retired after 35 years. She worked at Villa Grove schools for two years and at Thomas Paine Elementary School in Urbana for 33 years. She was a member of the Villa Grove Walter Jones VFW Post 2876 Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include one son, Kerry Gabbard of Villa Grove; one daughter, Jody Vandeventer of Villa Grove; three grandchildren; her mother, Ruth Williams Wagner of Metropolis; and one brother, Robert Wagner of Metropolis.
She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Wagner.
Memorial service was held Friday at Joines Funeral Home in Villa Grove with Pastor Sandi Hire officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society or to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Villa Grove VFW Post 2876.