In Loving Memory of

Betty Sue Griffeth Gibbs

 - 

Betty Sue Griffeth Gibbs passed away at her daughter’s home in Gainesville on Thursday, July 19th, 2012. She was born in Leesburg, Florida, on September 20th, 1928, to James Mathews Griffeth and Esther Norris Griffeth.

Betty married the love of her life, John A. Gibbs, Jr., in 1948, and they lived all over the world during John’s career in the Air Force, including Denver CO, Rapid City SD, Springfield MA, Guam, Omaha NE, Gainesville for a year while John served in Viet Nam, then on to Ramstein AFB in West Germany, ending up at the Pentagon in Washington DC. Betty proved to be an outstanding military wife, taking over so much of the everyday decisions and responsibilities of raising a family on the move. She worked for 20 years for Southern Bell Telephone/BellSouth and retired in 1986, and she and John continued to travel the country in their motorhome as long as they were able. After his death in 2001, she continued to travel and enjoy her family and friends.

Betty is survived by her son, John Michael Gibbs (Colleen) of Dunnellon, daughters Sharren Lee Gibbs and Vicky Lynn Gibbs of Gainesville, and Leslie Anne Sparks (Rick) of Chattahoochee, Florida. In addition, she is survived by four grandchildren, Luke Gibbs and Justin Gibbs (Jenifer) of Dunnellon, Florida, James Hughes (Mandy) of Tallahassee, Florida, and Emily Russ (Ryan) of Little Rock, Arkansas. She has nine great-grandchildren, Garrett, Mattie, Deanna, Amelia, Cecelia, and Griffin Gibbs in Dunnellon, Elizabeth Hughes in Tallahassee, and Eliza and Jon Michael Russ in Little Rock.

Betty was a beautiful and sophisticated lady who doted on her family. She could talk about anything with anyone, and she loved music and dancing. Throughout her illness, she remained a truly dignified and gracious Southern lady. She never lost her sense of humor and made us laugh all the time. She will be sorely missed.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 22, from 5-7 PM at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville. Services will be held on Monday, July 23rd, at 10:00 AM at the Chapel in the Meadows at Forest Meadows Central Cemetery, 4100 NW 39th Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville FL 32606, or your favorite charitable organization. Arrangements are in the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home (352) 378-2528.


Online Condolences

Leave a Reply

Please feel free to sign the Guest Register and forward your condolences to friends and family members who have suffered a loss. Please enter your words of remembrance in the space provided. You may choose to leave your message online or click the link below to send a private message to the family. Please note that Forest Meadows Funeral Home will review all messages before they are published on the world-wide web or forwarded to family members. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. Thank-you.

To protect your privacy, Forest Meadows Funeral Home will not share your eMail address on the web. We offer you the option of providing it to us solely as a way to contact you. We do not share your eMail with third parties without your express written consent.

    Send a Private Condolence

    Your Name (required):

    Your Email (required)

    Your City

    Your State

    Relationship

    Your Message

    Send this condolence message to