Elizabeth (Bessie) Margaret Johnson Gibbs passed away peacefully on June 21, 2013 in Woodstock, VA.
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She was born in Lyons, NE on Oct. 14, 1918 to Anna Josephine Lawless and Oliver Victor Johnson.
On April 4, 1942, Bessie married Harold Ray Gibbs of Madison, VA. The marriage took place in Washington, DC.
Bessie and Ray had ten children, Elizabeth (Betty) L. Gibbs of Boulder, CO, Joan G. Gibbs of Adelaide, Australia, C. Scott Gibbs of Cincinnati, OH, Steven HD Gibbs of Linden, VA, Julia Gibbs of Boulder, CO, Victor Gibbs of Linden, VA, Christine Gibbs Richele of Springfield, MO, Robin Gibbs of Linden, VA, Justin Gibbs of Cincinnati, OH, and Hunter Gibbs (deceased).
Bessie is also survived by fifteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Johnson Lichty of Miller, SD; and many nieces and nephews.
Bessie studied stenotype after high school, worked in the War Department in Washington, DC, and then had a long distinguished career as a court reporter in VA and OH. She also was the official reporter for the Senate Banking and Currency Committee during the 1960's. She was co-founder of a court reporting school in Cincinnati with her long-time friend, Adeline Womack. Bessie was a dedicated Catholic and in her later years contributed her efforts to support of outreach with the St. Francis Church in Cincinnati. In her late 80's she went on a trip to Washington, DC for a pro-life rally. She was always passionate, tenacious, and very involved with the people around her. She didn't give up easily, but her body finally gave out after a brief illness.
Visitation will be held at Maddox Funeral Home at 105 West Main Street, Front Royal, VA on Friday, June 28, from 7-9 p.m. A prayer vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. with The Rev. Jerome Fasano officiating.
A funeral service will be held at the âLittle Houseã at Linden, VA on Saturday, June 29, at 10:00 a.m. A celebration of life and burial will follow on the family property in Linden.
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Maddox Funeral Home
105 West Main Street
Front Royal, VA 22630
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