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Joan McGIBENY

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McGIBENY, Joan Joan Loranger McGibeny of Decatur, GA, passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on April 25, 2014 at Hearthstone Assisted Living in Roswell, Georgia. A descendant of one of the original founders of Detroit MI, Joan was born to Camillus and Mabel Loranger on January 25, 1922. She was raised in Detroit with her brother; attended Wayne State University and later met and married architect Monroe (Mack) D. McGibeny in 1949. The couple moved to Mobile, AL where Joan became a successful licensed realtor, in addition to raising their daughter, Ann Nora McGibeny. Following a move to Decatur, GA in 1969, the family became members of the Decatur Parish of St. Thomas More and Joan worked for Kitchen Stylists, Inc. as a custom kitchen and bath designer. Joan was a devout Catholic who was active in her parish and also served as a volunteer at the First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. She is predeceased by her husband, Mack; her daughter; Ann; and her brother, Robert Loranger. Throughout her life, Joan was humble, gracious and giving. Most of all, she was a wonderful wife, sister, mother, a dear friend and caretaker to many. There will be a private internment at the Decatur Cemetery, and a memorial mass will be scheduled at Saint Thomas More Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to The Capuchin Soup Kitchen of Detroit, MI, Saint Thomas More Catholic Church or . A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home & Crematory.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 28, 2014
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