Marie M. Gibson

May 24, 1929 - January 9, 2020 Kennett Square, PA | Age 90

Marie M. Gibson, born May 24th, 1929 passed away on January 9th, 2020 at her home at the age of 90. She was the wife of John McColm Gibson, who passed away in 2003, with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. She was born in Kennett Square and was the daughter of Benjamin I. and Anna C. Myers. She was preceded in death by her brother Merrill Myers.

After graduating from Kennett High School in 1947, Marie worked in the library at DuPont prior to having her children and starting Gibsons Mushrooms with her husband.

Marie often reflected on how fortunate she was to have been born into a large family of aunts, uncles, and cousins who were each other’s best friends and who enjoyed getting together weekly for family dinners that filled her parent’s home to capacity. Annual family reunions were held at Hibernia Park in Coatesville to accommodate extended family.

As a child, Marie played often at Longwood Gardens, her second home, while her father, brother and uncles worked. She loved the recent fountain renovations and thoroughly enjoyed attending the concerts. She could watch the fireworks from the yard of her home and appreciated how they always scheduled the first firework show of the year to coincide with her birthday weekend.

In 1950, Marie and Jack were married in the yard of her family home and in 1967 they built their dream home on the property adjoining her parents.

As a mother and wife, Marie loved nothing more than to take care of her family and to entertain friends. Her doors were always open and her famous iced tea was always on the ready for company.

Marie and Jack shared many interests including travelling around the world, growing vegetables in their large gardens, and, later in life, their Friday date nights which consisted of dinner at Charcoal Pit and then Booths Corner Auction where they looked for antiques to add to their collection. Marie was also an accomplished piano player whose rendition of The Entertainer, a favorite Ragtime song, would always get the party guests dancing.

When the grandchildren started to come along, she could always be found in the rocking chair or giving one of her famous back scratches. She was also a champion at UNO and nearly undefeatable at Chinese checkers.

Marie is survived by her son John M. Gibson, II, daughter Susan D. Gibson, and son Robert J. (Lora) Gibson, all of Kennett Square, her grandchildren, Erin M. (John) Panasuk, John M. Gibson, III, Christopher I. Gibson, Kayla M. Gibson, Nicholas W. Gibson, and Katherine A. Gibson, and her great-grandchildren, Joshua C. McMillan and Norah F. Panasuk as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, January 18th at 10:30 am at Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square, 211 South Broad Street followed by a Celebration of Life at 11:30 am. Interment will follow at Union Hill Cemetery. The family would also like to acknowledge and thank Visiting Angels of Chadds Ford for their tender care and friendship. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E Cypress St, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

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Kennett Square, PA 19348
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January 18, 2020 10:30 am - 11:30 am Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square
211 S Broad Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Funeral Service

January 18, 2020 11:30 am Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square
211 S Broad Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Graveside Service

January 18, 2020 Union Hill Cemetery
424 N Union Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. Susan, I was so very sorry to hear this news just now. You know that I loved your mother and thoroughly enjoyed her company. She and I had similar senses of humor, and we enjoyed many a laugh over a lemonade. Her joy in life was evident. I have so missed her being next door, but she will long remain in my heart. When I first moved here, she gave me some golden perennials from her garden; and when they come up each spring, I will think of Marie.

    Kathleen Jepsen | February 15, 2020 at 5:38 PM
  2. John
    Sorry to read of the passing of your mom. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
    Donna ( Crossan ) Massey

    Donna Massey | February 7, 2020 at 11:05 AM
  3. Keeping each of you in prayer for peace and comfort during this most difficult time. She truly was a sweet woman that will be missed by many💜

    Missy Edwards | January 15, 2020 at 7:37 PM
  4. So sorry for the passing of your 💔 Mother and your family is in your prayers 🙏🙏🙏
    My God Bless you and you Family

    Michael S Ruoss | January 15, 2020 at 1:08 PM
  5. John, and family.. so sorry for your loss. Please know you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
    Linda Daniels

    Linda Daniels | January 14, 2020 at 10:18 PM
  6. Our hearts go out to the family, She was a wonderful person, May she Rest in peace And may God Bless you during this time of sorrow.

    Martin & Ana Feliciano

    ANA FELICIANO | January 14, 2020 at 8:54 AM
  7. Bob & Susan.
    Your parents and mine were friends when I was growing up in Kennett Square.
    Our sincere condolences. I’m sure your memories are vivid and will always be with you.
    My wife, Susan, and I always spoke to them at antique auctions.
    I, of course, saw them often when I was in the mushroom business.
    Joe & Susan Donohoe

    Joe Donohoe | January 11, 2020 at 10:28 AM

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