GIBSON, ELLA MAE, 92
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Newnan, GA - Ella Mae Gibson, (nee Packer), 92 of Newnan, GA passed away on June 7, 2014.
She was born in Lock Haven, PA to Lawrence L Packer and Lucy Grant Packer on April 19, 1922. She graduated from L.H. High School in 1940 and Pennsylvania Hospital school of Nursing in 1945. She became a Cadet Nurse in the US Army as 2nd Lieutenant. Ella served at Valley Forge Hospital where she met her future husband, James Gibson, who was a patient. She was married on January 16th, 1946 at First Church of Christ in Lock Haven, PA. They moved to Southern California in 1949 and lived there until 1977 when they moved to Ocala, FL. Together they traveled extensively, visiting all 48 continental states, Canada, and Mexico. She retired from nursing in 1977 after 32 years of practice. She was very active in Disabled Veterans Auxiliary, becoming Commander of post 249 in Ocala, FL. She helped found the Veterans Memorial Park of Ocala/Marion County and also, the District 4 Bellevue chapter of the Red Hat Society. She was also active in the Florida Blinded Veterans Association. She was a proud American Patriot. She read books voraciously, listening to audio books when she could no longer see well enough to read. She remained sharp in her mind until the last week of her life. She died peacefully at Southwest Christian Hospice with her family at her side. She is preceded in death by her husband, James T. Gibson (1991). She is survived by her sister, Jean Ellen Packer McGee of Newnan, GA; brother, Daniel L. Packer of Barnwell, SC; niece, Mary Brooks Packer Scales of Bloomington, IN; 2 nieces, 5 nephews, 9 great-nephews, 7 great-nieces, and many dear friends in Ocala. Memorials may be made to Southwest Christian Hospice in Union City, GA or DAVA.
A memorial service will be held at Christ the King CEC Church in Sharpsburg, GA on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 5:00pm. A gathering will be held for friends and family in the Parish House following the service. Inurnment will be announced at a later date at Forest Lawn in Ocala, FL.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from June 18 to June 19, 2014