Mary Blair Gibson
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Norfolk - Mary Blair Rawlings Gibson, 85, died peacefully surrounded by her family, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. A lifelong resident of Norfolk, Mary Blair was the personification of southern grace. Devoted to helping others, she was a consummate volunteer. Mary Blair assisted the SPCA, Meals on Wheels, Parents Anonymous, the Hampton Roads Committee Against Child Abuse, the Junior League, and Second Presbyterian Church. Mary Blair was also a member of the Colonial Dames of America and the Daughters of the American Revolution. From the Graham School in Norfolk, to Randolph Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Mary Blair truly valued the benefit of a liberal arts education. She was predeceased by her parents, Hunter and Emily Rawlings; her brother, Hunter Rawlings Jr.; and her sisters, Frances Trapnell, Elizabeth Simmons, and Hume Taylor.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband of over 61 years, John L. Gibson II. She is also survived by her daughter, Blair Morse and husband Tim of Norfolk; by her son, John L. Gibson III and his wife Mariska of Virginia Beach; and by Katherine Gibson Kammeijer of Salinas, Ca. The lights of Mary Blair's life, her grandchildren, Emily Morse, John L. Gibson IV, and Hunter Gibson also survive.
A memorial celebration of Mary Blair's life will be held at Second Presbyterian Church in Norfolk on Tuesday, November 19, at 11:30 a.m. with a reception to follow. Burial will be private.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Laura Heiby, Dr. Julie Damon, and the entire Team Wilma for their help and care. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to
in Mary Blair's memory. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2013