Debbie Yvonne Gibson

November 25, 1953November 21, 2021
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Debbie Yvonne Gibson, age 67 of Arlington, passed away on November 21, 2021 with her family at her side. She was born on November 25 1953 in Channelview, Texas, the daughter of Wayne Currie Simmons and Sonja Camille Kemp Simmons. Debbie married Wayne S. Gibson and they celebrated 48 years of marriage together before her passing.

In addition to her husband, Debbie is survived by her sons Derrick Gibson and Darren Gibson; grandchildren Bryson Gibson, Cierra Gibson, and Ricky Shelby; sister Tara Anagnostou and husband Keith Duesterhaus; nephew Colson Anagnostou; niece Sophia Anagnostou; sister-in-law Cheri Simmons, nephews Shaun, Kade, and Doug Simmons.

Debbie was a beacon of light and she loved to smile and share her love with family and friends. She was devoted to her family and cherished the time she spent with her family at the farm. Debbie worked as an insurance claims manager for many years. Debbie loved horses, gardening, hummingbirds, her Harley, and her dogs.

A celebration of Debbie’s life will be at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home.


  • Wayne Gibson, Spouse
  • Tara Anagnostou (Keith Duesterhaus), Sister
  • Cheri Simmons, Sister-in-law
  • Derrick Gibson, Son
  • Darren Gibson, Son
  • Bryson Gibson, Grandson
  • Cierra Gibson, Granddaughter
  • Ricky Shelby, Grandson
  • Colson Anagnostou, Nephew
  • Sophia Anagnostou, Niece
  • Shaun Simmons, Nephew
  • Kade Simmons, Nephew
  • Doug Simmons, Nephew


4 December

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home

4216 South Bowen Road
Arlington, Texas 76016


Debbie Yvonne Gibson

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Penny Weant

December 3, 2021

I first started working for Debbie in 1996 and then followed her to a few more places. In my 40+ years in the insurance industry, she was the best supervisor/manager I ever had the pleasure of working for. You could talk to her about anything whether it be work or personal related issues, she was always there and considered a friend, not just a supervisor/manager. She was well respected and will be missed by so many people. Rest in peace Debbie.

Rita (McMurrough) Kelly

December 3, 2021

My heart aches over the loss of this precious friend. I have the sweetest memories of Debbie….what a proud new mother she was so many years ago, her fun sense of humor, laughing and joking with her and Rhonda, Sonja and “Mammaw” at their family gatherings. I can’t picture Debbie without a smile on her face. Even through tears over the loss of a loved one, she managed to smile. She had a kind and loving heart, a sturdy work ethic, a profound devotion to family, and clearly touched the hearts of many. I cherish the memories and feel so very blessed to have known her.

Carol Gallimore

November 29, 2021

We worked together as team leaders many yours before you became my supervisor. We had many talks over the years. While we had some differences when it came to work, at the end of the day they was much respect and love for each other. Your family was so important to you especially Bryson and Sierra. You always lit up when talking about them. I am praying for them as a know how much you will be missed.

Judy Graham

November 27, 2021

Wayne, you know how much Debbie and I loved each other. I know that life has pulled us apart, but never very far. She is a light that will never dim, a laugh that will never dwindle. Her smile always made things better. My heart is so heavy and so is Donnie’s, we are heartbroken. She said to me after Sonya went to Heaven…We have to get together, laugh, cry and hug each other. Debbie will always be in my heart, my precious friend and partner in Sturgis.

Becky Clifton

November 25, 2021

What a wonderful person we’re all going to miss. She was not just my co-worker, my supervisor or my manager she was most importantly my friend. It felt like I had known her for years from the moment I met her. We shared so much about our families and dreams. She loved her family immensely but her grandchildren were the light of her life she would simply glow talking about them. She loved mowing at the farm, admiring her flowers and watching her hummingbirds. I will miss her being there to listen and never judge, offer her words of wisdom, or making even the toughest situations or conversations- personal or work related seem so easy. Debbie I will think of you every time I see a beautiful hummingbird!

Cheri Simmons

November 25, 2021

Dear sweet beautiful Debbie, you are so truly loved by many. Your heart was always open. Your love was always genuine. Your hugs were always welcomed. Your ears were always listening. Your voice was always comforting. I will miss you so much cause you were my sister in so many ways. God rest your soul.

Melinda Hilliard

November 24, 2021

I was stunned when I found this from a Facebook post. One of my fondest memories was when you and Uncle Wayne, my mom and Bill and Uncle Shane lived in the same neighborhood and I would ride my bike down to the park and we would really cheer for Derrick while Uncle Wayne coached the team. I really cherished that time with you. I loved riding my bike to your house and play with Derrick as he was younger than me; and I loved those salt water aquariums, I could sit and get lost in. Uncle Wayne I don’t know what happed because I’m left out of all info, but please know that I love you very much and please call if you need anything at all. RIP Beautiful Lady. I love you Uncle Wayne. 251-423-3073

Rhonda Rekieta

November 23, 2021

My sister gave birth to my beautiful niece, Debbie in 1953, just 3 months after I was born. Debbie and I spent most of our childhood and preteen years together--either sleeping in the same bed, the same room, the house next door, or around the corner,. At Christmas we got the same fashion dolls. We listened to the same music. We had our first dance party together (the year “Meet the Beatles” album had just been released).
When we were growing up, Debbie was my best friend. She was a bridesmaid at my wedding. Most importantly, I loved her dearly.
To the rest of the world, Debbie was clearly a hard working professional woman, leader, mentor, friend, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, loving daughter, granddaughter, sister and aunt. But to me to me, she was this crazy combination "niece/sister/best friend” whom I can’t recall even one time in 68 years not getting along with. Ours was one of the simplest, easiest relationships that I have ever had. This world, or at least my world, will always be a little smaller, a little less fun, a little less kind, a little less disciplined, and honestly, just a little less in every possible way, without her. She was the best.

Melinda Chambers

November 23, 2021

I loved working for her.
She was a great lady and a great boss.
Heartbroken to hear of her leaving us too soon!
Love and prayers to the family.
Melinda Chambers

Amy Ausburn

November 23, 2021

Debbie was my first memory of my first job after college. She was my first supervisor & she did almost all of my training. She is the reason I stuck around. Debbie had stepped into another role, but we came full circle 11 years later, and she was helping out my team and was managing me once again. I had actually gotten to talk to her on quite a few occasions lately. She was always so witty & funny. I won’t ever forget that she would have to call our cube section down if we started having too much fun (even though we know she never really cared!) She was a wonderful boss & mentor. She even told me I had to bring my son into meet her before I could come back to work from maternity leave.