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Mary Gibson

December 8, 1936 — November 17, 2021


Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth (Williams) Gibson, age 84, of Killeen, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday at Memorial Baptist Church.  Burial will be 10 am., November 29th in Central Texas State Veteran Cemetery.

Known by her friends and family as Liz, she left this world to join her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on November 17th at her home, peacefully and surrounded by family and close friends.

She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church of Killeen, Texas. She enjoyed reading the daily devotionals, listening to Charles Stanley, and was a great prayer warrior. With her strong faith in God, she expressed desires to be with her Lord and Savior after a brief illness.

Liz was born December 8, 1936, to Charles Stanley and Asalee (Hensley) Williams in Claiborne County, Tennessee in a town known at that time as Fork Ridge. She graduated from Middlesboro High School; Middlesboro, Kentucky the year of 1954. She was employed as a bookkeeper for several years until her marriage to Hayden (Toby) Gibson, Jr. on March 12, 1962. Hayden served in the Armed Forces which took the family to several military bases: including Germany, Alaska, and Fort Hood, Texas.

During her many travels she served as a military wife and mother to their children, William, Susan, and Sandra. She was employed by Killeen Independent School District (KISD) as an Instructional Assistant, and then as the Principal’s Secretary at Meadows Elementary School. She retired in 1997 after twenty years of service.

She found great joy in gardening and planting flowers at their home. She was an avid reader, and especially enjoyed books by Jan Karon, Alexander McCall Smith, and Miss Read.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by; sister and brother-in-law Eva and Harold Crigger, sister Sandy Wade, nephew Chuck Stepp, and recently her dear son-in-law Ronald Fitz-Randolph Jr.

She is survived by her spouse of 59 years Hayden Gibson Jr; her children William (Janice) Gibson, Susan Fitz-Randolph, and Sandra Gibson; her grandchildren Amber Fitz-Randolph, Josephine (Timothy) Springer, Nicholas Gibson, and Andrew Gibson; and great-children Izabelle Weir, Zoe Springer, and Alexis Springer.

Her family and close friends will cherish their memories of Liz; and ask for those who knew her to share their memories as we celebrate and honor the life of Mary Elizabeth Gibson. She was a strong supporter of many charities; and the family asks in her memory to please consider donation to the American Cancer Society, or a charity that is dear to you.

A gathering to celebrate her life will be held on Sunday from 4-6 pm., at the funeral home.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, November 21, 2021

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Harper-Talasek Funeral Home

506 N 38th St, Killeen, TX 76543

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Celebration of Life

Monday, November 22, 2021

Starts at 3:00 pm (Central time)

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

11463 TX-195, Killeen, TX 76542

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