Marcia DeLuca Gibson, resident of Cumming, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the age of 82. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 15, 1937, to the late John DeLuca and Peggy Ciferri DeLuca, both first-generation Italian Americans.
Marcia grew up in Chicago Heights, Illinois, as the middle child, with her two sisters, Marilyn and Glenda. She graduated from Bloom High School in Chicago Heights and then attended nursing school at Rush Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago (now Rush University Medical Center). While studying in Ana, Illinois, as part of her nursing program, Marcia met her true love, Troy “Jack” Gibson from Flora, Illinois. They married and had two daughters, Camille (Cammy) and Jacqueline (Jackie).
Marcia was smart and vivacious, and excelled in her nursing career. However, after working as a hospital RN for over a decade, she decided to pursue what she felt was her real calling–teaching elementary school children. So, in her mid-30’s, she returned to school to get her Bachelor of Elementary Education degree from Lindenwood College (now Lindenwood University) in St. Charles, Missouri. Marcia worked as a sixth-grade teacher for many years at Becky David Elementary School in St. Charles and continued teaching in South Florida until she retired. Through the years, her passion for teaching never waned—she loved it.
Over the years, Marcia, Jack, and the girls made their home in Illinois, Missouri, and eventually in South Florida. A few years after Jack passed away in 2004, Marcia moved from Boca Raton, Florida, to Cumming, Georgia. She spent the last 13 years living with her daughter, Cammy, in Cumming, the same town that her daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Jerry, were raising their family.
Marcia was a Christian woman who grew up in the Church. She was most recently a member of First Christian Church in Cumming. She loved the Lord and encouraged her family to live for Him. Though she lived with COPD for over 25 years, she never complained about her illness and served as a fine example of how a woman of faith handles difficulties.
Marcia is survived by her two daughters, Cammy Gibson and Jackie Gibson Martin; son-in-law, Jerry Martin; granddaughter, Leah Martin; and grandson, Troy Martin. She also leaves behind many other beloved relatives and friends. As soon as our country’s quarantine situation ends, Marcia will be brought back to Flora, Illinois, to be laid to rest next to her loving husband, Jack. At that time, a small graveside service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Marcia’s honor. It would be most appreciated if, in lieu of flowers, donations could be made in Marcia’s name to the American Lung Association and Alzheimer’s Association, so they can continue their much-needed research. Triplett & Neal Funeral Home in Louisville is in charge of the local care and arrangements. You are invited to share your memories of Marcia and leave a condolence at www.triplettandneal.com
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