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On 06/23/2012, in General Nonsense, by Asa

INA C. (JOHN) GIBSON

Obituary

GIBSON, Ina C. (John) Of North Falmouth died on May 11 at the McCarthy Care Center in East Sandwich. She was 77. Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of Mignonette (Mapp) and Alfred C. John. Her parents immigrated to this country from the West Indies. A former resident of Cambridge, she graduated from Cambridge High and Latin and then from the Chandler School for Women in Boston. She had a long career as a secretary working for Boston hospitals, including Lemuel Shattuck, Deaconness, Massachusetts General, and Tufts University, New England Medical Center. She was the administrative coordinator for the anesthesiology department for St. Elizabeth Hospital of Boston from 1979 to the late 1980′s. She retired to North Falmouth in the late 1980′s. Her ties to the Cape went back to her parents, who moved to North Falmouth in the 1950′s. Her father had worked as an engineer and deep sea diver for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In her retirement on the Cape, Ms. Gibson worked for a few years as a home health aide. She loved to travel and went with a group of people to Greece and Alaska, and had planned to go to Spain in June. This group also made shorter trips to the casinos in Atlantic City. Her hobbies included gourmet cooking, reading, knitting and fashion coordinating. She also grew orchids and was a member of the Cape and Islands Orchid Society and helped out at its annual conventions. A political activist, she was a member of the Falmouth Democratic Town Committee and also belonged to the Falmouth Woman’s Club. She was also a member of the Medical Group Management Association, Black Women for Policy Actions, Massachusetts Medical Group Management, and the Massachusetts Association for Professional Foster Care. She had fostered several children over the years. In more recent years, she took part in a Woods Hole program that encouraged minority college students to get involved in science careers through summer internships by offering her home as a place to stay. She was a member of the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Falmouth. She leaves her sister, Marjorie L. Smith of Falmouth; three children, Rachel E. Folsom of San Diego, California, Russell E. Gibson of Boston and Raymond Gibson of Marlboro; seven grandchildren, Gabriel Folsom of Des Moines, Iowa, Asa Folsom of Portland, Oregon, Micah Folsom of Berkeley, California, and Hannah Folsom, also of Berkeley, and Justice, Chase, and Grant Gibson, all of Roslindale; and other family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers. Visiting hours are from 4 to 8 PM on Friday, May 18 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, FALMOUTH. A Funeral Service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 91 Main Street. Falmouth, MA. Memorial donations may be made to McCarthy Care Center, 73 Service Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537. for on-line obituary, guest book & directions www.ccgfuneralhome.com Chapman Cole & Gleason Falmouth 508-540-4172

Published in The Boston Globe on May 17, 2012