Lois Ada Marie Gibson of Brighton, Michigan, age 89 passed away Friday, March 17, 2023, at Trinity Health Hospital in Ypsilanti. She was born April 24, 1933, in Oceana County, the daughter of Earl Willard and Elizabeth Caroline (Boelke) Shirtum.
Lois graduated with a Bachelor’s of Education from Albion College and a Master’s Degree from Wayne State University. While raising her family, she and Harry fostered 5 children and hosted foreign exchange students. With her family raised, she continued her devotion to service by teaching the visually handicapped in the Detroit Public School system for 20 years, retiring in 1995. Spare time was spent taking their grandchildren on adventures in education. Lois was an active and devoted member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Eastpointe, Grace United Methodist Church in Chesterfield Township and Chelsea First United Methodist Church in Chelsea. For 25 years in retirement, Lois volunteered first at Corewell Health (Beaumont) Hospital in Troy and then at Chelsea Hospital in Chelsea where she served as President of the Auxiliary.
Lois married Harry Wesley Gibson (surviving) on August 28, 1954, in Montague, Michigan. Other survivors include two sons, Cedric (Mary Kay) Gibson of Pinckney, Glenn (Beth) Gibson of Naugatuck, CT; and a daughter, Teresa (Scott) Harrison of Davisburg; 7 grandchildren, Laura, Adrienne, Emily, Elizabeth “Liz”, Jonathan, Rebecca and Matthew; 3 great grandchildren, Daniel, Olivia and Keegan. She was preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Switzer, and three brothers Robert, Ernst and Earl “Jr”.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 1, 11:00 a.m. at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea, MI 48118 with Rev. Joy Barrett officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea First United Methodist Church. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.
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