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Mary Gibbs

July 13, 1929 September 21, 2021
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Obituary for Mary Gibbs

Mary Catherine Gibbs, 92 of Oxford, MI passed away on September 21st 2021. She had 3 of her 6 children by her side when she took her last breath. Mary Catherine was born in Meadville Pennsylvania on July 13th 1929. Mary's parents Harold and Margaret Drachslin soon after moved to Hornell New York along with her younger brother William "Bill" Drachslin.

Mary Catherine graduated from Hornell High School in 1947 and soon after started working for the Erie railroad like her father Harold. This opportunity allowed her to travel the Northeast and several trips to California to visit family. Mary C and her mother Margaret took the train to New York City to attend the funeral of "The Great Bambino" Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium. One of her many travel opportunities.

In 1954 Mary Catherine married James Gibbs and they relocated to Buffalo, New York to start a new family and a career with Chevrolet. The first of six children, Elizabeth "Betsy" Gibbs, was born in January 1955 with Timothy, Michael, Patrick, Maureen, and Mark following.

In 1969 James moved “the Chief” Mary Catherine to Lake Orion, MI for an opportunity with Chevrolet Gear and Axle in Hamtramck, MI. Jim retired from Chevrolet in 1982 only to pursue another carrier with automotive supplier Carpenter Enterprises in Fenton MI. This allowed James and Mary Catherine the ability to start a new venture of opening a dealership/marina in Tawas City, Michigan. James & Mary Catherine opened "Tawas City Sports Center & Marina" in 1984 and enjoyed a period of success and family until 1988.

James and Mary Catherine enjoyed their twilight years traveling from Tawas, MI to Englewood, Florida with the change of seasons. They enjoyed spending time with their kids, grandkids, great grandchildren, and friends until Mary's husband of 53 years passed away in June 2007. From June 2007 to September 2021, Mary Catherine continued her role as Matriarch of her family enjoying her 14 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren.

Mary Catherine, "Mom", "Grandma"', Grammy"' "Great Grandma", “Miracle Worker”will forever be missed. God Bless You and Thank you Mom!

Visitation will take place at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, 39 W. Burdick, Oxford, on Sunday, September 26, 2021 from 3-8 PM with a rosary service at 7 PM. Funeral Mass will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 11 AM with visitation beginning at the church at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at Guardian Angel Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to
Saint Benedict Abbey
252 Still River Road
PO Box 67
Still River, MA 01467

Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

26

Sep

3:00 PM 9/26/2021 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/26/2021 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford

39 W. Burdick
Oxford, MI 48371

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford
39 W. Burdick Oxford 48371 MI
United States

Rosary Service

Sunday

26

Sep

7:00 PM 9/26/2021 7:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford

39 W. Burdick
Oxford, MI 48371

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford
39 W. Burdick Oxford 48371 MI
United States

Visitation

Monday

27

Sep

10:30 AM 9/27/2021 10:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/27/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church

715 N. Lapeer Rd
Lake Orion, MI 48362

St. Joseph Catholic Church
715 N. Lapeer Rd Lake Orion 48362 MI
United States

Funeral Mass

Monday

27

Sep

11:00 AM 9/27/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church

715 N. Lapeer Rd
Lake Orion, MI 48362

St. Joseph Catholic Church
715 N. Lapeer Rd Lake Orion 48362 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Saint Benedict Abbey

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