Brattleboro- Frances S. “Frankie” Gibson, 87, of Lexington Avenue died unexpectedly Monday, January 1, 2018 in the comfort of her home. She had been a resident of town since the early 1960’s.
Mrs. Gibson was born in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania on January 27, 1930, the daughter of George Ira and Frances Mary (Chambers) Stott. She was raised and educated in Philipsburg, later attending Bryn Mawr Prep School in Baltimore, Maryland. She went on to attend Mount Holyoke College graduating in 1952 and later earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut in 1982.
Mrs. Gibson had been employed by the State of Vermont as a social worker retiring in 1996 following over 30 years of service with the State of Vermont.
Active civically, she was a Town Meeting Representative for many years, served on the Board of Listers and was a Justice of the Peace. She was also active for many years with the Republican Party and was very involved in local politics, working on many campaigns throughout the years.
Because of her love for flowers, she helped establish the beatification project of the Creamery Bridge Park working with the horticulture department at Brattleboro Union High School in planting gardens and flowers around the bridge. She was honored by the Brattleboro Floral Arts & Garden Club for her many years of dedicated service and contributions. They presented to her an engraved granite bench which now sits near the Creamery Bridge among the many daffodils and trees she planted. She was also extremely proud of qualifying for and being selected as a national flower show judge and to which she traveled all over the country judging floral arrangements.
Mrs. Gibson was an active volunteer in the community. She was a founding trustee of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library and a volunteer throughout the years, active at the Brattleboro Senior Center and with the Windham County Chapter of AARP.
Mrs. Gibson was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and took an active role on several church committees.
Of her leisure time activities, she enjoyed gardening, floral arranging, and time shared with family and her wonderful neighbors on Lexington Avenue. She was an avid bridge player and loved classical music.
Frankie will be remembered for her generosity, spirit of friendship and her spunky personality.
In January of 1954 in Philipsburg she was married to Robert H. Gibson who passed away on October 9, 1999.
Survivors include one brother, Michael Stott of Seffner, Florida, three grandchildren, Robert Petrie, Michael Petrie and Ashley Trudeau, four great grandchildren, Lillian, Tegan and Jack Petrie and Olivia Laura Trudeau, her son-in-law, David Sage of Vernon and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her only daughter, Laura Gibson who died on May 2, 2012, and one brother, George Stott.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church on Western Avenue with a reception to follow in the church's downstairs fellowship hall.
Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 6 P.M.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Gibson’s name may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, The Women’s Freedom Center or, due to her love of pets, the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302.