Gone But Not Forgotten: Rest in Peace Mary Gibbs
On March 25, 2017, our dearest Lincolnton ReStore manager, Mary Gibbs suddenly passed while visiting with family in Tennessee. Our hearts are broken as we mourn the loss of such an important person to Habitat and Lincoln County. Mary was an inspiration to us all and a wonderful example of what Christianity is all about.... L O V E! We all have shared many smiles, laughter, tears and memories with Mary and will cherish them until we meet again.
Habitat celebrated Mary’s life at her ReStore on April 1st. Two groups, The Ya Yas, and Amissville sang in her memory and poems were recited in her honor. We extend our greatest gratitude to all those who attended her celebration of life. Attendees wore funny hats, (as Mary always tried on hats when they came into the ReStore), and shared their most cherished stories of Mary. Mary was fascinated by the lifesaving Guatemalan “smokeless” stoves. 25 of these “smokeless” stoves were donated in memory of Mary, by her family and friends. For those who are interested in donating a stove in her memory, you may donate online or send a check to Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County, PO Box 1062, Lincolnton, NC 28093.
As many know, profits from our ReStores are used to help fund new homes and repair owner-occupied homes of qualified families in Lincoln County. The growth of Lincoln County Habitat was due, in large part, to Mary’s work with our ReStores. Mary led and managed the opening of both the Denver ReStore and relocation of the new Lincolnton ReStore.
Because of Mary’s passion, dedication and support, Habitat will dedicate the two homes being built in conjunction with Women Build Week 2017 as these homes will be built in her honor and will be forever known as “The Homes that Mary Built”.
The affiliate is also relocating its office, and currently completing the up-fit of the former “King Office Supply” on main street, It will be ready for move-in, near the end of April and be named the “The Mary E. Gibbs Center for Affordable Housing.” All who knew Mary, know she cared deeply about serving families in Lincoln County. We are all better people for knowing Mary and the love she spread to all. Just like Mary, we will commit to making ordinary days special. As Habitat moves forward, may we never forget her “cackle, her sense of humor, her unquestionable concern for all people, her values, guidance, and most of all her friendship.”