Ms. Gibbs died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Born Feb. 4, 1921, in Davisboro, she was the daughter of the late Cleveland F. Gibbs and the late Leila Bacon Gibbs Arnold. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her brother, Joe B. Gibbs Sr. and his wife Marion Seigler Borders Gibbs; her nephew, Andrew Jackson Borders III; and her nephew-in-law Danny Daniels.
She earned a bachelor of science degree from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville in 1942, a master of science degree in home economics from the University of Georgia in 1952, and a doctor of education degree from Columbia University in 1961. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Tau Sigma and Kappa Delta Phi honor societies. She taught high school home economics, served as a Cooperative Extension agent for 10 years, obtaining membership in Epsilon Sigma Phi, and taught Consumer and Economic Education at Indiana State University, where she retired in 1988, receiving the rank of professor emerita of home economics. In retirement, Mary gave her best efforts to volunteering with The Sharing and Caring Place in Cornelia and she was a vital part of its ministry for more than 10 years. While Mary excelled in her education, career and volunteer work, her greatest achievement was her dedication to her family.
Survivors are: her nephew, Joe B. Gibbs Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Alto; nieces, Mary Anne Daniels of Macon and Carolyn Lanier and her husband, Dale, of Lizella; her niece-in-law, Donna Borders of Louisville; nine great-nieces and great-nephews; 15 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; her stepbrothers, Fred Arnold and his wife, Lena, of Eastman, and Carroll Arnold and his wife, Hope, of Louisville.
Memorials may be made to the Cornelia Sharing and Caring Place, 195 Stovall St., Cornelia, GA 30531.
To send online condolences, visit mayandsmithfuneraldirectors.com.
May and Smith Funeral Directors, Sandersville, was in charge of these arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
February 27, 2013