NCE Remembers Joan Gibson


The board and staff of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment mourn the loss of a fellow board member, Joan Gibson who has been a champion of the arts for a lifetime.

Joan Gibson, who served on the Nebraska Cultural Endowment Board passed on January 1st, 2023 at age 69. Joan also served on the boards of the Literacy Council, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Shakespeare, Joslyn Castle, Omaha Chapter of the Links, Inc, among others.  Joan was very active in the community through volunteering as well as being an artist.

Originally from Michigan Joan pursued arts courses the California College of Arts and Crafts, the University of Omaha and Creighton University.

Joan was a long-time supporter of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment whose generous gifts throughout her lifetime made a great impact. As a strong advocate for the arts, as well as literacy Joan left her mark through her giving spirit.

We send our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 7, 10am at the Heafey Hoffman Dworak Cutler Mortuaries West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Road in Omaha with lunch to follow.

Joan is survived by her husband Donald F. Wurster, mother Lola M. Jones, Sisters, Janet M. Gibson, Carol E. Gibson and Karen Stewart (Anthony).

Joan will be missed by all that knew her. We are grateful for the impact that she left on the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the state of Nebraska.