Ifa Chapman Gibbs Balfour


Dec. 6, 2017 — Ifa Chapman Gibbs Balfour, 87, formerly of Florence, died Oct. 17, 2017, in Springfield, Ore.

Ifa was born Sept. 15, 1930, in Richland, Ore. She grew up and attended school in Richland, until moving to Hood River in 1942, where she graduated high school.

She married Steve Gibbs in Hood River Oregon in 1948, later settling in Springfield.

They had two sons and later divorced in 1980.

Ifa eventually married Marcus Balfour in Florence, and they were happily married 11 years until his death.

Ifa was a fourth-generation Oregonian with pioneer roots in both Baker and Lane counties. She took great pride and interest in her heritage as a descendant of the Masterson Family, who travelled the Oregon Trail from Lexington Kentucky to settle in Springfield and northeastern Oregon, including Wallowa, Joseph and Richland.

She had a vivid, creative memory and loved to tell stories from her childhood and about her grandparents’ and great grandparents’ lives in the early 1900s.

She is preceded in death by her father, Merton Chapman; her mother, Geneva Jones Bergam; and her brother, Harold Chapman.

She is survived by her brother Everett “Bud” Chapman of Woodburn; her son, Steven Robert Gibbs (m. Tena Gibbs) of Springfield; her grandsons: Jackson Gibbs of Corvallis and Peter Gibbs of Victoria, B.C.; and her son, Roderick Eugene Gibbs (m. Caroline Le Guin) of Oregon City.

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