In Memory

Carol Jane Smith (Gibson)

Carol Jane Smith (Gibson)

Carol Smith Gibson died on August 20, 2008 in Fairfax County, Virginia.  There was a memorial service for Carol at the Unitarian Church in Reston, Virginia on January 11, 2009.  Carol was born in Racine, Wisconsin on January 11, 1947, the oldest of three children of William and Lyla Smith.  Carol was married on October 19, 1968 to Larry Gibson to whom she was married for almost 40 years.  She graduated from UCLA in the early 1970’s with a major in history and did additional certificate work in paralegal studies at the University of West LA.  She worked as a paralegal for a variety of law firms in Los Angeles, including Skadden Arps.  After moving to northern Virginia in 1994, she was active with the Cares and Concerns Committee of the Unitarian Church of Reston, with the Clifton Garden Club, and with the League of Women Voters.  She was also a passionate reader of history and biographies.  In their extensive travels, the Gibsons visited many countries throughout Europe, the mideast, east and southeast Asia,  and northern and southern Africa as well as Australia, and New Zealand.  Carol is survived by her husband of 40 years, Larry, who has remarried, and by her brother Bill, who lives in Albuquerque, NM.

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09/13/14 09:23 PM #1    

Mark Eckblad

My grandparents lived in Carol's neighborhood, and I would sometimes walk home from school with Carol when I was headed in that direction.  I remember the twinkle in Carol's eyes and the amused smile that played upon her lips as we chatted.  Carol enjoyed life, and she liked talking about it and hearing about it.  She was an excellent companion.
I always envied the fact that Carol's druggist father had worked at the Canteen Pharmacy.  My Dad made metal castings, which I had no particular use for, so I thought it must be wonderful to have a father who sold comic books and worked the soda fountain.
It sounds like Carol continued to enjoy her life, and I only wish she had been granted more of it.  I am sorry that I won't get to see that smile at the Reunion, but I will always see it in my memory.

09/14/14 01:09 PM #2    

Joel Sys

Carol was a real sweet young lady. Kind of quiet. I recall that she lived on Grange Avenue. Her father ran a pharmacy at the corner of Washington and Granges between Anderson Klapt Meat Market and the bakery.(Molbeck's Mini Mall). He eventually cashed out of the business and the location was taken over by Natalie's Pizza. I recall the Smith's moving from Grange Avenue after the business was closed? Yes, her father did work at the Canteen Pharmacy on Taylor Avenue.

09/14/14 08:42 PM #3    

Joanne Foldy (Williams)

I remember sleeping over at her house on Geange Avenue when we were  6th graders at Knapp.  I liked going into her father's pharmacy and buying Smith Brother's cough drops and thinking it a neat coincidence that her last name was Smith:-).  I was easily amused:-)



09/15/14 08:49 AM #4    

James Hunnicutt

Carol was my prom date. Sorry to hear of her passing. She was a warm and wonderful girl.

09/28/14 07:57 AM #5    

Paul Dorsey

Carol Smith Gibson was my cousin (our mothers were sisters), and we lived a half-block apart on Grange Ave. after my family moved to Racine from northern Indiana in 1960.  We were not really close friends in junior high or high school, but I did get to know Carol well after she moved from Racine.  After one year of college and at 19 years of age, Carol moved to Los Angeles on her own to craft a new life.  I think that, on all accounts, she was very successful.  I visited Carol and husband Larry two or three times in Los Angeles and  four or five times in northern Virginia.  We also got together frequently over the holidays in Green Valley, AZ where both of our mothers moved after retirement.   Carol and Larry were very hospitable hosts and, through them, I got to know Los Angeles and the area near Washington, DC.  On my last trip there, Carol and I visited Annapolis, Maryland where we visited the Naval Academy and took a bus tour of the city.  In Los Angeles, we scheduled as a couple a trip to the theatre to see Phantom of the Opera with exquisite pre-show dining.    Earlier, with Larry, we saw a production of Amadeus.  And Carol and Larry covered plane fare for my brother and sister-in-law to visit them three times in northern Virginia.  We all miss Carol and her generosity.

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