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Bernadine Elder Gibson

Bernadine Elder Gibson was born on March 10, 1940, to the union of the late Webster and Orelia Scott Elder. On Friday, December 23, 2022, God called Sister Bernadine home at the age of 82. Bernadine attended the public schools of Orleans Parish and was a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington, Senior High School. She attended Delgado Jr. College, Southern University in New Orleans and received a bachelor’s and Master of Religious Education from Christian Bible College of Louisiana in Kenner, LA. Sis. Gibson also received a Teaching Certificate from Virginia Union Theological Seminary.

Bernadine was the Owner and Director of the Patricia Richelle Day Care Center in New Orleans and served as President of the Day Care Coalition of Greater New Orleans. She was also a substitute teacher for the Orleans Parish School District. Bernadine was preceded in death by her parents Webster Elder and Orelia Scott Elder, husband Frank Jonas Gibson, daughter Patricia Richelle Gibson, sister Webster Mae Elder, brothers Humphrey Terry Elder, Bernell Olllie Elder and Joseph Elder.

Bernadine’s presence will be missed by sons Karl (Gail) and Brian (Mirian) Gibson; five grandchildren; Rashod (Cecilia) of Sacramento, CA, Whitney, Briana, Brandi, and Kayla; two great-grandchildren, Nathan, and Johnathan Gibson; siblings Geraldine Pittman, Jacquelyn Robinson, Ronald Elder, Yvonne Dowden, and Lora Elder.


  • Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Services at New Hope Baptist Church,
    1807 Reverend John Raphael Jr. Way, New Orleans, La on Monday, January 2, 2022, at 10am.


  • Visitation will begin at 9:00am until the hour of service.


  • Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery and Mausoleum-New Orleans.



Professional Services entrusted to Heritage Funeral Services located at 4101 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117.

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