Kimberly E. M. Gibbs

KILMARNOCK—Kimberly Elizabeth Mason Gibbs, 70, died peacefully at her Kilmarnock home Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

She and William A. Gibbs Jr. had been married 38 years.

Kim was born November 6, 1947, in Tampa, Fla., to Nelson and Ellen Mason. She was a graduate of Tampa’s H.B. Plant High School and of Florida State University, where she became a member of Chi Omega sorority.

Both her parents and her older brother, George Mason, are deceased.

Kim taught second and third grade for many years in Florida, first at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School in Jacksonville, and then at St. John’s Country Day School in Orange Park.

An avid reader, she later tutored Lancaster Primary School pupils hoping that they, too, might love to read. She shared books and online book sites with friends.

Daily she combed The Richmond Times-Dispatch for obituaries reflecting quirky characteristics or intriguing names, then scanned or sent them off in envelopes immediately recognizable for her perfect printing in blue ink.

She was generous, gentle with children and dogs, and fervently true to her principles. With Bill, she loved hosting holiday celebrations at their home. She had the gift of hospitality.   

She collected tiny things and on outings to consignment stores with friends, she carried an envelope stashed with one-dollar bills for such purchases. Her favorite finds were antique postcards, which she then framed or mailed to others.

In addition to Bill, she leaves his daughter, Margaret Ellis Foley of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and granddaughter, Marietta Foley of Virginia Beach; and his son Charles Lindsay Gibbs II, wife Holland, and grandchildren Margaret, Trip and Henry Gibbs, all of Jacksonville.

Survivors also include Kim’s beloved dog Nicky, who watches at the window for her return; and her mother’s vintage Volvo station wagon with the “Just Be Nice” sticker on the bumper.

Kim’s ashes will rest in St. Mark’s Memory Gardens in Jacksonville. If you wish to send a memorial, please consider the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck or the Kilmarnock-Lancaster County Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Arrangements were made by Welch Funeral Home, Warsaw.