LONG BEACH - Linda "Lilly" Gibson, 54, died March 26, 2004, at her Long Beach residence following a lengthy battle with ALS. The daughter of Cletis and Helen (Adele) Pilant, she was born in Spokane on Sept. 17, 1949. Her parents were of French and Scottish decent. She grew up in Spokane where she graduated from high school.

Moving to the Puget Sound area she attended Green River College, majoring in early childhood development and special education. While living in Federal Way she was a substitute special education teacher, antiques dealer, a caterer, and provided home health care. In 1996 she moved to the Peninsula where she continued to provide home health care until illness forced her retirement.

She enjoyed her family, gardening, cooking, music and movies. She was happiest when she was outdoors, and she created beauty in the love she had for her family and friends. She was a member of the ALS Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the MS Society.

Survivors include sons Jeffery Foisy and Terry Pilant; daughter Jessica Ziemer; mother Helen Pilant; brothers Lynn, Lloyd, Niel, Randy and Terry Pilant; sisters Gayle Thompson, Judy Stirling and Shirley Olsen; special friend and companion Andrew Ziemer; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was looking forward to the birth of her first grandchild.

Private family services have been held. Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Rd. No. 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301; the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 215 6th North, Seattle, WA 98109; or Harbors Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 716, Ilwaco, WA 98624. Cremation arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.

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