Mary Marilyn Gibbs
November 4, 1943 – January 23, 2019
Mary Marilyn Gibbs, 75, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her husband and children on January 23, 2019 after a 4 ½-year battle with cancer.
Marilyn was born in Babcock, Wisconsin to Vivian Stewart and Marvin Meier on November 4, 1943. She spent her childhood years in Babcock, Wisconsin and Chicago Heights, Illinois. She attended college at Iowa Wesleyan University and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She married Micheal R. Gibbs on April 8, 1967, and together they moved to Illinois. She spent 5 years teaching English at both the middle school and high school levels. She then spent the next 14 years as a stay at home mom raising her 3 children in Algonquin, Illinois. She returned to the work force in 1985 as an elementary school aide before moving on to work at Century 21 Real Estate for the next 12 years. Marilyn retired in 2000. In retirement, initially Marilyn and Mike split their time between Algonquin and their trailer in Wisconsin, where they had spent the past 21 years camping with a close-knit group of friends. In 2002, they sold their longtime home in Illinois and moved to Montgomery, TX for their winter dwelling while continuing to spend their summers at their trailer in Wisconsin.
Throughout her life, Marilyn loved to serve and lead others. She was active for many years in the Jaycee Women’s Organization and held many different roles such as President of her local chapter, President of the Illinois State Jaycee Women’s Organization, and finally as a Committee Chairman for the National Jaycee Women’s Organization.
Marilyn treasured her role as a mother to her 3 children. She loved going to all of their sporting events and band concerts. She adored her children and embraced every moment with them. She also loved her role as Grandma. Marilyn was just as active in attending her grandchildren’s events as she was as a mother. She was an avid card player and was an active member of many bridge clubs during her retirement, which brought her great joy. Marilyn enjoyed spending time traveling the country with Mike to see Scotty McCreery, a famous country singer. Her souvenirs include a signed picture of Marilyn with Scotty and a signed guitar.
Her mother, her father, and her stepfather precede Marilyn in death. Marilyn is survived by her loving husband of 51½ years, Micheal Gibbs, her 3 children, Jon (Amy), Kelly (Robbie), and Carrie, and her 3 grandchildren: Kayla, Collin and Max.
A visitation for Marilyn will be held Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 E. White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas 77304, with a funeral service the following day, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2:00 PM.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Gibbs family by signing the guest book.
- Visitation Tuesday, January 29, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Mary Marilyn Gibbs
February 5, 2019
I’ve known Marilyn and Mike for more than 50 years ( before the kids were born ). She loved to play board and card games and was very competitive. She loved bridge but I was too stupid to learn that so we played 3-13, Polish Poker, Screw Your Neighbor, Yatzee, or Scrabble. Marilyn always won at Scrabble. I do think Vickie Johnson beat her once or twice and I’m sure Marilyn pouted about that for a few days but she was always ready for another game. I’m going to miss the fun we had but maybe not all the competition.
Marilyn was afraid of the water and many times would sit on the floor of the boat when the waves were bad but she took great pride in the fact that all the kids loved the water. They all learned to swim at an early age; they sailed, kayaked, water skied and dove off our pontoon boat. This went on for years and now the grandkids do the same. I’m going to miss all that summer fun of camping together but most of all, I’m going to miss Marilyn.
January 30, 2019
My sincere condolences to you and your family, Mike, on Marilyn's passing.
January 27, 2019
Remember me, Mr. Gibbs, from the D-CHS Main Office?? The days of Arlene and me, at the front desk?! Please know I am thinking of you and your family, and sending condolences your way. My heart goes out to all of you. Take care.
January 26, 2019
Marilyn did such a fine job of watching and teaching our son during his formative years. I am forever grateful for the quality time she spent with him. I also joined the Jaycee group under her direction and encouragement. My husband and I will miss her. She was a wonderful person.
January 26, 2019
So sorry to hear of Marilyns death. I enjoyed getting to know her at Blackhawk and was always impressed by her positive attitude snd spirit.