February 24, 2014
MARGARET AMELIA (BOTWRIGHT) GIBSON
Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, August 13, 1927, Margaret graduated from Altoona High School in 1945, and received her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College where she was active in Phi Mu Sorority and Wheel and Chain, a women’s honor and service society. Margaret attended graduate school at Boston University School of Theology from 1949-1951.
Margaret met her future husband John, while reading an Edna St. Vincent Millay love poem to the youth at the Methodist Church. The couple married August 4, 1949, and made their first home in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Shortly afterward, Margaret and John were called to serve at Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle (1951-1992). This was a leap of faith for a young bride who had never been west of the Mississippi River to venture to the Pacific Northwest!
Margaret showed leadership in organizations that supported women and children: Christian Education, P.T.A., Girl Scouts, League of Women Voters, National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood and the Democratic Party. Margaret still found time to support sports and activities in which her children participated.
After moving into Horizon House in 1995, Margaret was involved with the Welcoming Committee, Library Committee, Hall Monitor and was known as the “Jewelry Lady” at the Monday Market. Margaret supported the Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet and numerous theaters. Margaret was also a boisterous fan of the Seattle Storm Women’s Basketball team.
Margaret enjoyed learning about new cultures in her many trips abroad. Particularly memorable were her trips to both Russia and China. Closer to home she loved walking the stormy beaches of the Oregon Coast where she collected shells and rocks.
Margaret is survived by her husband of 64 years, John, her five children and her six granddaughters. Compassionate, caring and always concerned about others, she made time to visit her “special friends”—those in need of companionship. Margaret’s request was, “Instead of spending time on a memorial for me, please use that time to visit someone you have been too busy to visit.”
The Gibson Family expresses their sincere appreciation for the exceptional care given by the Horizon House Staff.