In Memorium

Carol Wilbur


Long time guild member Carol Wilbur loved color! She loved texture! And though she was a knitter and a spinner, her true passion was weaving. After retiring from teaching English at Hellgate High School in Missoula, Carol devoted much of her time to weaving (and her grandchildren!!). Just like all of us, Carol had accumulated quite a yarn and fiber stash, but sadly, cancer took her away from her stash before she could transform her visions into extraordinary weavings and knitted items for her grandbabies and loved ones. Carol’s husband, Phil was so thoughtful to share her stash with us so that we, her fiber sisters, can turn her colorful yarns and fibers into our own extraordinary creations. Just think, each skein was chosen by Carol for it’s unique quality, now it’s been chosen again by each of us!

Thank you Carol, for your exquisite taste in yarn! Your memory will be worked into each colorful stitch.


Alta Gibson

Alta Gibson passed away on November 3, 2017 at the age of 96 and is survived by her daughter Arla. Alta was an accomplished spinner and knitter who helped with many aspects of the Big Sky Fiber Festival in years past. Newer members may not remember Alta as it became difficult for her to attend meetings in recent years. Those of us who knew her will miss her lovely smiling pixie face and cheerful presence. Some of her interesting stories include having missed Pearl Harbor by a day and knowing Igor Sikorsky, the inventor of the Sikorsky helicopter. She also loved riding motorcycles. A grand lady who will be missed.