1930 – 2014
LEWISTON — Gladys Marion (Gibson) Dick, 84, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Born in Lewiston on Sept. 26, 1930, she was a daughter of William John Gibson Sr. and Naomi (Phelps) Gibson. Gladys attended local schools and was a graduate of Lewiston High School, Class of 1948.
Her early educational experiences had a deep impact on forming a sound moral compass. She was an active member of the United Baptist Church in Lewiston. During her lifetime, Gladys was a devoted Democrat and continued to debate a number of social and political topics with family and friends.
On Jan. 14, 1949, Gladys married Donald Norman Dick, also of Lewiston; they shared their life together for 56 years.
Employed by Knapp Aerotred Co. for 40 years, Gladys held various positions, rising to office manager, overseeing production management, payroll and inventory. A founding member of Great Falls (formerly Aerotred) Credit Union, she held the position of treasurer.
Travel was an experience Donnie and Gladys shared with family and friends, with trips to Disney World, the Bronx Zoo and a number of regional theme parks and museums. Music played an important role in their life together, and at family functions and gatherings they were often one of the first couples out on the floor, “cutting the rug.”
Throughout their life, they accumulated a vast collection of albums which was eventually donated to the Heritage Radio Society in Yarmouth. They also enjoyed season tickets to the Maine State Music Theater for many years.
Gladys could best be described as a dynamo. “Gibby,” as she was known amongst her many friends, was a constant source of energy, caring and assistance for all those in her circle. Homemaking activities were a source of both personal industry and pride with sewing, knitting, quilting and needlepoint of exceptional craftsmanship. Cooking was another focus for her talents, where she offered up solid family fare with specialties including everything from decorative cakes, meatballs and kielbasa, to her family-famous peanut butter cups and whoopie pies.
Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia Alleen Gibson-Draper and husband, Michael Draper, of Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Helen Gagne; in-laws, Janet Gibson, Lily and Gerry Castonguay, Terry and Jace Trickey and Steve and Claire Dick; granddaughter, Jennifer Earle; great-grandchildren, Tyler Babb and Alexis Bolduc; and many loved nieces and nephews.
Gladys was predeceased by her husband and her son, Michael Donald “Scott” Dick.
Online condolences and a video tribute may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.