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Michele Hackett Gibson


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Michele Hackett Gibson Obituary
Estes Park resident, Michele Hackett Gibson, died at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland on January 14, 2017. She was 70 years old. Michele (Shelley) Thayer Hackett was born December 29, 1946 in Fort Collins, CO. Her parents were Coyt Houston and Marjorie Merle (McMichael) Hackett. Marjorie was a clerk in the Rocky Mountain National Park administrative office, and Coyt was a seasonal ranger. As a young child, Michele spent much of her time in Estes Park with her grandparents, Wayne and Rosamond (Crouch) Hackett. Wayne was the Rocky Mountain National Park Commissioner. Michele attended her first year of school in Estes Park. Her father's Park Service career took the family to Gering, NE in 1952, St Louis, MO in 1956, then to Yosemite National Park in 1959. Michele graduated from Yosemite Elementary School in 1960 and went off to Rowland Hall-St. Mark's in Salt Lake City for high school. She graduated with high honors in 1964 and entered Stanford University that fall. At Stanford, she met Richard Timbie, and they were married on March 24, 1968 in the Yosemite Chapel. In June, she graduated with a BA in Political Science and worked as an editor in California, Texas and Northern Virginia. After the birth of her first child, Michele worked as a homemaker and volunteered extensively, participating in and later managing fundraising events for her children's school in Northern Virginia. In 1997, after a divorce, Michele moved to Salt Lake City. She moved to Estes Park in 2000 where she worked for the Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy and found solace and comradery through involvement in her church. In 2010, Michele's high school sweetheart, Raymond Gibson, came back into her life; and on December 29, 2011, they were married at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Estes Park. Michele and Ray had five wonderful years before her death. Michele will be remembered by many family members for the loving care and support she provided, especially during difficult times. She is survived by Ray; daughter, Rachel Hiemstra, and husband, David, of Denver, CO; son, Nicholas Timbie, and wife, Wendy, of Dillon, CO; and by grandchildren, Riley Hiemstra, Isabel Hiemstra, and Jordan Timbie. She is also survived by her brother, David Hackett, and his wife, Theresa, of Centennial, WY, and sister, Marci Mitchell, and her husband, Peter, of Mt. Pleasant, SC. A requiem mass will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1:00 PM at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Estes Park, Colorado. A memorial and Interment service will be held at a future date and will be announced. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Michele's family. The family requests that of in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post #119 Auxiliary.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Jan. 27, 2017
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