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Mary Allene Gibson

September 24, 1940June 10, 2021
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Mary Allene Gibson, age 80 of Knoxville, TN, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Mary was born and raised in Timmonsville, SC. She attended Winthrop College and earned her undergraduate degree in Biology. Mary continued her education in Australia earning a Master's Degree in Genetics from the University of Melbourne. She also earned a Master's Degree from the University of Tennessee in Library Science. While working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Mary met and married Bill Gibson. She later went on to work at SAIC in Oak Ridge until her retirement. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Rosale Conner and son, Michael Gibson.

Mary is survived by her husband Bill Gibson; son, John Gibson; brothers, Harry Conner Jr. (Annette) and Ed Conner (Laura); several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Services will be Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Berry Highland West, 9913 Sherrill Blvd. Visitation will be from 11:00am - 12:30pm with a Memorial Service to follow at 12:30pm. Inurnment service will immediately follow in the cemetery. Condolences and memories may be left to the family at www.berryhighlandwest.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 26, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, June 26, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, June 26, 2021

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Joan Gibson

July 8, 2021

We met Mary Alene Conner in late 1964. She joined our family on June 12, 1965 in a garden wedding in Timmonsville, SC. Mary was a wonderful sister-in-law as is Jean Howard Gibson in Colorado.

It has been so sad to say "good-bye" to her as she was such a part of our lives.

Julia Gordon Rush

June 16, 2021

Dear Bill, Harry and Edward,
I was so sorry to learn of Mary’s death. I have many fond memories of her from childhood, especially music recitals as Lucille Mauldin’s piano students. My favorite memory is of an engagement dinner party for Bill and Mary hosted by my mother and me at our home. There were many intelligent and educated guests gathered around that table. The topics of conversation that drew us together were the upcoming marriage, of course, and fishing, surprise, surprise. It was a great evening. I send all of you and your family members my sincere best wishes as you grieve her death and remember what she meant to each of you. Warmest regards, Julia Gordon Rush

Carol Tenopir

June 15, 2021

Our condolences to the family from the faculty and staff of the School of (library and) Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. We were proud of Mary, our alumna, and her great work in special libraries.

Annette (Carter) DuRant

June 14, 2021

“Mary…Mary” I can still hear your Mother’s voice calling your name in my mind…she would often say “Mary…Mary” …we grew up together and spent 4 years as roommates at Winthrop…so many wonderful memories…our parents knew each other well.

Bill…John…Harry…Edward and families…thinking of each of you!

Annette and Charles DuRant

Kathryn Windham-Cox

June 13, 2021

To Mary's Family:
I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I am in her brother Edward's class of Timmonsville High School but I remember Mary well. She was older than us in school but remember her being so smart as all the Conner children were. Having such a great mind I can see all the accomplishments she had in her life were of no surprise to anyone who knew her back in our high school days. Just know we were all close in our days of high school and everyone knew everyone else so please accept my heartfelt condolences on your great loss of Mary. Edward and Harry I know you feel a big part of you is gone with Mary's passing. May all of you find peace in the days ahead and know Mary is now with her parents and her son again and is re-united forever. You, too, will be together with all of them again also. Take comfort in your memories and the knowledge your friends share in your sorrow.
Sincerely,
Kathryn Windham-Cox
Class of 63'

Virginia Warr

June 12, 2021

The Gibson family is in our hearts and prayers. We are so sorry this has happened to Mary and we will miss her.

Love,
Preston, Virginia and the Warr family

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