Ione Nibler

1923 - 2013


Ione Nibler

Sept. 13, 1923 — May 9, 2013

Ione Nibler, previously residing on Fern Court, died peacefully at Wheatland Village in Walla Walla on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

She was born Neola Ione Hilberg on Sept. 13, 1923, in Ada, Minn., to Gustav and Mabel Hilberg. Later the family moved to Waseca, Minn., where Ione spent her childhood and high school years. She was active in many clubs and sports but derived her greatest joy from her participation in the Girl Scouts. With much delight she recounted and shared memories, songs and adventures from her Girl Scout experience throughout her life. Ione graduated from Iowa State University in 1943 with a bachelor’s of science in foods and nutrition. Her first post-graduate position was at St. Mary Hospital in Walla Walla, where she held the distinction of being the first registered dietician on staff.

Returning home from World War II, Harold Nibler met and married Ione in 1947 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where they continued to be active members until their passing. Harold began his lifelong farming career alongside his parents, Arthur and Ardis Nibler.

Ione is survived by her and Harold’s 13 children, Gregory (Simi Valley, Calif.), Constance (Beaverton, Ore.), Gary (Walla Walla), Margaret (Seattle), Michael (Walla Walla), Diane (Olympia), Teresa (Federal Way, Wash.), Daniel (Franktown, Colo.), David (Vista, Calif.), Jeanne (Hillsboro, Ore.), Elizabeth (Woodinville, Wash.), Catherine (Issaquah, Wash.) and John (Portland); 27 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Ione was predeceased by Harold, her loving husband of 55 years, in 2002; as well as by her two older brothers, Earl and Arlo Hilberg.

A memorial Mass is planned for Friday, May 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Walla Walla, with a reception following in The Parish Hall. All are welcome to join in the Mass celebration of Ione’s life.

Ione’s family would like to thank the caring staff at Wheatland Village Retirement Center as well as the caregivers of Walla Walla Community Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ione’s name to Walla Walla Community Hospice, Girl Scouts of America or a charity of the donor’s choice through the Herring Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at


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