OBITUARY

Mary Ruth Gibson

May 29, 1920November 9, 2018
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Mary Ruth McAnally Gibson, age 98, of Conover NC, formerly of Morristown, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Carolina Caring in Sherrills Ford NC. Mary Ruth was born in Morristown to Bryan McAnally and Mucie Moore McAnally on May 29, 1920. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James H Gibson; son, James H Gibson Jr; brothers, Carl, James Donald “JD”, Harold McAnally; and sister, Alma McAnally. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda (Terry) Hodge of Hickory NC and Joyce (John) Gravanda of Conover NC; son, Danny Gibson of Conover NC; brother, Richard McAnally; sister, Mildred Robertson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Steve Taylor officiating. Family and friends will then proceed to Cedar Creek Cemetery for a committal service. Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home, Morristown, TN

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Interment Monday, November 12, 2018
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Biography

      Mary Ruth Gibson was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       Her parents were Bryan and Mucie McAnally. Mary was raised in Tennessee. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Growing up in the Gibson household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Mary was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Mary was raised with 4 siblings. Mary was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Mary and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Mary was always consistently loyal to her family.

      As a young child, Mary was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Mary developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Mary took part in basketball and was a member of 4-H. In her spare time she liked to read. However, what Mary enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Mary as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was spelling. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Miss Lyda Mae Petty. Mary was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Mary always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Mary was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Mary was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Mary to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of her best friends were Fred Miller and Callie Long Stuffles. Later in life, she became friends with Henrietta Sherrill, Richard & Mavis Hedrick, Nealy Flowers and Macie Greeson.

      On January 22, 1952, Mary exchanged wedding vows with James Howard Gibson at the Justice of the Peace of Morristown, TN. Compassionate and devoted to James, Mary held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to James and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

      Mary brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Mary was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Mary was blessed with 2, Brenda and Joyce. They were also blessed with 8, Debbie, Mark, Robin, Kathy, Daniel, Tim, Michelle, and Sunnie.

      Mary greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Mary enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Mary was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was being a housewife. Mary worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Mary liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Mary always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were reading. Mary was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Mary found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, she could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. She applauded those who won, and she enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find herself wrapped up in those details. She would watch her favorite sporting events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football.

      Mary enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Mary appeared effortless. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where she traveled, Mary always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included the beach and mountains.

      Mary Ruth Gibson passed away on November 9, 2018 at Carolina Caring, Sherrills Ford, NC. Services were held at Stubblefield Funeral Home, Morristown, TN. Mary was laid to rest in Cedar Creek Cemetery.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Mary Ruth Gibson. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.