Mary (Nicholson) Gibson Ditzer

14 September, 193231 March, 2021

Mary (Nicholson) Gibson Ditzer What a glad reunion Mary is having as she walks the streets of gold with Jesus as He shows her her new home. She is once again with family and friends as they worship Jesus around His throne. Mary died at home on Wednesday, March 31, from a massive stroke. She was born September 14, 1932, to the late Richard and Ruth Waters Nicholson, one of nine children in the Nicholson clan. While on earth, Mary graduated from Reitz High School where she was a cheerleader and a class officer for the class of 1950. She was employed at the Federal Produce Company where she met her husband of over 50 years, William T. (Bud) Gibson. She worked at Keller Crescent and TriState Printing Company. The work she enjoyed most was at Westwood Church (formerly 12th Avenue General Baptist) where she taught DVBS, the Kingdom Builders Women’s Class and was named Mother of the Year. Mary was a mother to all her precious—as she called them—church family members. Mary was an encourager, sending notes to anyone who needed inspiring Scriptural words. Posts from her many nieces and nephews describe their Aunt Mary this way: “Sweet Aunt Mary”, “few people will ever be as sweet and as good”, “She was my inspiration for who I would like to be”, “She brought joy to others”. Caring, thoughtful, loving, the very best, and always praying were other tributes.

Mary was preceded in death by Bud Gibson and her second husband Kenneth Ditzer, her parents, and brothers Robert Joseph Nicholson, David Isaac Nicholson and sister Jeanne Marie Shoulders.

Grieving, but with hope, are her two sons, Phillip Dale (Karen) Gibson and Gregory Lee (Gina) Gibson; her grandchildren who knew “if they needed prayer to call mamaw” are Brandon (Ketsuda) and Joshua (Tabitha) Gibson, Ashley (Jeremy) Lepper, Lisa (Dan) Filippello, Whitney (Jeffrey) Albrecht, Phillip (Marah) Gibson; and eleven great grandchildren. Mary is survived by her brothers, Richard Earl, James, and Eddye Wayne Nicholson; sisters, Bettye Jayne Fleming and Jackie DeVoy Lovelace; and sister-in-law Sheila Nicholson.

Funeral services for who we lovingly called Saint Mary will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Westwood Church, 121 S. Boehne Camp Road, officiated by Pastor Bret Nicholson, with burial in Tupman Cemetery. Beginning at 10:55 a.m., the Funeral Service will be livestreamed at Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m until service time at the church.

Contributions may be made to the Evansville Christian Life Center in Westwood Church.

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Dianne (Hardin) Archer

15 April 2021

Phil, Greg, and Family,
We are sad for you, upon learning of your mother’s passing. She will be missed by all of us, but greeted with open arms by all her friends and family who are already in heaven. What peace! To know she is in heaven! I have such fond memories of her - always smiling with her entire presence, sharing her genuine love of Jesus and conviction of faith, showing true kindness to everyone she met, and always taking the time to write, talk, or help. Her ever-positive words and faith were inspiring to everyone. I smile every time I think of her. She was such a blessing to me and my family. Sincerely, Dianne

Stephanie Williams Holmes

14 April 2021

Dear Phil, Greg, and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss but heaven has gained the dearest of souls! Your mother had such a sweet and kind spirit and I will always remember her that way. From her smile, to her soft spoken words, to her gentle ways, she lives on in our hearts. Please know you are all in our thoughts and our prayers.
Stephanie Williams Holmes

Brianna Baker

6 April 2021

Over the past month our grandmother was on hospice and she called me many times checking up on her and wanting to know how to pray for her. Mary had food delivered to the house for family. She told me she was sad that one of her prayer partners was going to be gone but they went just a few days apart from each other and now are praising the Lord together.

Richard Mahan

6 April 2021

Condolences Phil and Greg. I remember your Mom fondly, always with a big smile. My prayers are with you.

Richard Mahan

Ken's granddaughter Heidi

6 April 2021

Although too short, Mary was a graceful addition to our family for almost three years when she married my grandfather Ken in early 2005. They shared their time between Tucson AZ and Evansville and made yearly visits to our family in ND which we all greatly enjoyed. After grandpa went on to heaven in late 2007, my dad always looked forward to his phone calls with her and she blessed my husband and I with her letters at Christmastime, always encouraging all of us in our walk with Jesus. We will miss her light of hope and offer our thanks to her family for sharing her with us. Her example of kindness was one to be emulated and we hope we continue that legacy.

Wendelene Rettig Kluesner

5 April 2021

Mrs. Gibson has lived in my neighborhood ever since I can remember. I grew up and still live a couple blocks from her. As a kid I would stop and talk to her when riding my bike, she bought Girl Scout cookies from me, and she was always a very sweet lady. My own children attended a Bible school she led at her house one summer and have good memories of her as well.
My sincere sympathy and prayers to her family.

Judy Lockhart

4 April 2021

Fourth of July - grilled hamburgers, baseball down in the field, fireworks and ALWAYS homemade ice cream. Precious memories to last a lifetime. Part of my childhood lives in heaven now. Take care friends and God bless all of your families.

Sharon Crayner

4 April 2021

Prayers and our sincere sympathy on the loss of Mary Louise. Such a kind and caring lady. The Nicholson Family are in our hearts and prayers at this sad time. Sharon Crayner

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