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Published June 08, 2013, 12:00 AM

Geraldine Gibbens Shafer

Geraldine Gibbens Shafer died in the early morning hours of Friday, May 31st, at her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was ill for less than a day, and died in her own bed, with her youngest daughter, Janie, holding her hand. She was 100 years old. She is preceded in death by her husband, E. Maine Shafer, her mother, Isabelle Dennis Gibbens, and her father, Frank Gibbens.

She was born March 6, 1913 in Grand Forks, North Dakota and was raised there and in New Rockford, ND. She attended the University Of North Dakota during the depression and worked to help put herself through school. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and graduated as a history major. She wrote for the Dakota Student, UND's newspaper, and it was during an exchange with NDSU's (then the AC) newspaper, The Spectrum, that she met her future husband, Maine Shafer. When Maine saw her get off the train, he traded with another staffer so he could escort her around. He "liked the look" of the Gibbens girl.

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