Pauls Valley Democrat
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
My father was George Jeter Gibson (Jeter was his mother’s maiden name.) My mother was named Mary Ellen Burch Gibson. My dad was born in Pauls Valley, Indian Territory in 1900. My mother was born in Pauls Valley in 1909 after Oklahoma became a state.
I remember that Mother and Dad owned the corner filling station across from the Post Office in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.
I was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on September 18, 1929. I went to grade school and Junior High School in Oklahoma City. When I was a child my family moved so that my Dad could find work (about 1936, during the Depression years) I can remember that my Dad was parking cars for $60 a month!
We moved to Fort Worth, Texas where I attended High School. When I was a junior in High School, World War II ended. There was dancing in the streets of downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
I can’t remember having a favorite subject, but I was good in English and enjoyed reading literature. I was not good in any sports or extracurricular activities, but sewed my own clothes. In college, I enjoyed Psychology and was good at art and enjoyed drawing and painting.
I took Art classes and because there was a shortage of teachers at that time and I could find work if I was prepared to teach in Elementary school. I graduated in 1950 from the University of Oklahoma, with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
Lloyd and I married in 1950 when he was a Staff Sergeant at Tinker Air Force Base. Lloyd was transferred to Montgomery, Alabama.
Steve was born April 2, 1953, and Sam was also born in Alabama, December 12, 1954, before Lloyd left the Air Force. Sarah was born August 1, 1956 in Ponca City Oklahoma. We moved to Casper, Wyoming and Lloyd was employed by Casper College. It was in Casper where I started teaching school.
I was a substitute teacher in the 3rd Grade in Montgomery Alabama, before “children.” Then, many years later, when we moved to Casper, Wyoming, I taught kindergarten part time at Pinedale Elementary School. Later, when my children were in grade school, I taught the first grade at Southridge Elementary School for five months before I got sick with Infectious Hepatitis. I then had a relapse and had to quit teaching.
We divorced in 1974, and I moved to Norman, Oklahoma. I worked as a sales clerk at Streets in the Sooner Fashion Mall. I enjoyed this, but then Dad died, and mother had a hip replacement she needed help so I moved to Pauls Valley to help her.
After Mother died George Allen Gibson (my brother) and I served as co-administrators of Mother and Dad’s estate. After that was taken care of, I followed my children in moving to Salt Lake City, Utah. I bought a condominium and moved into it in 1997. I drove my own car and cared for myself until I had a stroke and couldn’t care for myself.
I like the weather in Utah - the low humidity and not too many hot or cold days. I love the scenery - especially the mountains. I don’t like to drive on snowy days, but it is beautiful to look at!
I didn’t like the severe and long winters in Wyoming. I especially like the scenery around the Teton Mountains and Yellowstone Park. I even like the sagebrush and rolling hills.
She passed away August 16, 2013 at the age of 83 years.
Mary Carol’s family would like to thank the many friends and people who helped her at the Cottonwood Creek Retirement Center and Dignity Hospice Services.
Mary Carol is survived by her children Steve and Cindy Loftin of Casper, Wyo., and their boys Brad and Lonnie, Sam and Carol Loftin of Salt Lake City and their children Becky Cheff, Laura B. Loftin and Dustin Tafoya, and Sarah Loftin and her companion Ken of Clearfield, Utah. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren Kayla L. Loftin (Becky Cheff), and Colin N. Loftin, and Zayla Piper (Lonnie Loftin).
Mary Carol was preceded in death by her mother, father and brother George.
Mary Carol will be buried next to her family in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; a service will be held graveside in Mt Olivet Cemetery on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 10 a.m.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, UT.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Christ United Methodist Church or to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, omrf.org.
Funeral directors are Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.uvfuneral.com.