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A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuaries Bethany Chapel

710 West Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ

OBITUARY

Martha Lois Gibson

June 17, 1942January 2, 2020

Martha L. (Harp) Gibson, age 77, of Phoenix, passed away Thursday afternoon, January 2, 2020, at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Dallas, TX from complications of ALS. Born June 17, 1942, in Huntsville, Alabama, the daughter of the late Revs. William H. Harp and Mary K (Berryhill) Harp. Martha graduated from Williams High School in Williams, AZ. She later married the love of her life Curtis Lee Gibson of Phoenix, AZ on July 6, 1963.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Curtis Lee Gibson, her parents and her brother William C. Harp.

She enjoyed raising her children and retired from a career of administrative work with the Phoenix Boys Choir. She also enjoyed her church family and demonstrated her musical gift in singing solos, with groups and choir performances. Martha enjoyed traveling and adventure, most recently to Israel, Ireland, England, Scotland, and France.

Martha is survived by her children, Sharon Sheri (Gibson) Griffin (Husband: Brad) of Allen, TX and Ronald Lee Gibson (Wife: Carol) of Indianapolis, IN. Grandchildren, Renee Nelson, Jenifer Nelson, Corey Read, Cameron Griffin, Ashley Gibson, Julia Gibson, Austin Gibson and great-grandsons Lane Zable and Karson Zable. She also leaves nieces and nephews, many cousins and lifelong friends who will miss her greatly.

Condolences may be offered and visitation to the family from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2020, at A.L. Moore- Grimshaw Funeral Home located at 710 West Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 West Indian School Rd. Goodyear, AZ with Pastor Steve Engram officiating.

Burial will follow around 1:30 p.m. at Greenwood Memory Lawn 2300 West Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85009, with Pastor Steve Sonmor officiating.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Martha’s name to the ALS Association of Arizona. www.alsaz.org or Desert Springs Community Church.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • A Celebration of Life Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Burial Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Linda Gaines

January 17, 2020

I consider Marty a cousin-by-love. Although we were not really related, she was like family. She was such a joy to be around, whether we were traveling across the country, experiencing an adventure locally, or just having lunch. I will miss her company, her laugh, her stories, her wisdom, and most of all her prayers.

Mary Beth Moore

January 15, 2020

I have known Martha from the 50's when every summer we attended the Friendly Acres Camp in Williams. I have many fond memories of the time we spent together. Once camp was over we spent a few extra days in Williams before we headed home to Phoenix. For something fun to do, a bunch of us would get in my folks '56 Chevy and cruise up and down Route 66. Oh those were the innocent days of being a teenager. Once she moved down to Phoenix to attend Lampson Business College, we became even closer and we both sang in the church choir. My brother, Bob was attending college with Curtis and he introduced him to Martha. I was honored to be a bridesmaid in her wedding.

Blessings to all of her family. Mary Beth Moore

Sandy Mankins

January 13, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Martha at work, I did get hair for the past 15 plus years. I saw her every four weeks and can honestly say, every moment I spent with her was a joy. When she told me she was moving because of her condition, I truly realized how much I depended on her. I will miss her faith, strength, knowledge, options, advice, support, and so much more. Most if all I will miss her genuine friendship. Thanks for being you Marty, love Sandy

Florence Nkhoma

January 12, 2020

It was too soon and too short when I entered your room the first thing was that beautiful smile and prayer, we shared a lot of nice and sweet things they will always be in my heart. Death leaves behind headaches that no one can heal, memories are treasured no one can steal, some may forget you now that you are gone but i will remember you always, go well mama and rest in peace.

Dan Harp

January 12, 2020

Aunt Martha continually demonstrated the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. The time I was able to enjoy on Thursday’s with her and my cousins Sheri & Ron at Grandma Harp’s as a youth was invaluable. Part of the day included Aunt Martha doing Grandma’s hair and my Dad would join us for lunch. During my adult life the relationship and prayers of Curt, Martha, Sheri and Ron have been a wonderful help. I loved Aunt Martha and I am thankful for her love to me.

Sharon Turpin

January 11, 2020

I will miss Martha so much! We talked on the phone several times a year. She was a big part of our family as I was growing up. Her parents were my pastors and we were very close. Martha sang at family funerals and weddings. She sang at my husband’s funeral just 4 months before she lost Curt. My prayers go out for all of the family.

Donna Homsher

January 11, 2020

Martha was a willing volunteer when I would request needing another parent for a Camp Fire Girl's activity. I remember a particular fun outing held at the Camp Fire Day Camp located at the base of South Mountain. The purpose was to learn and sharpen camping skills. We did the usual roasting of marshmallows and Martha ended up wearing some of the sticky part, not just on her fingers, but the front of her shirt. She laughed at herself with glee. Then came a game. We were all in a circle of about 20 to 25 participants and we had to introduce ourselves using a one word that starts the the same letter as our first name. It was to describe us. I started and chose Dandy Donna. Several of the girls had their turn and then it was Martha's. With that ready smile -- she stated "Mouthy Martha" and chuckled out loud. Life is good if we can laugh at ourselves. Martha was a delight to have along and she will be missed. Sheri: Thank you for sharing your mom with us all those years. I always knew if I asked she would deliver.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY