Juanita Ellis Gibson, 94, voted ‘Queen’ at Gresham Place Apartments

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Juanita Ellis Gibson, of Wilmington, died April 18, 2015, at the age of 94.

Born in Sanford, North Carolina, on Sept. 21, 1920, she was one of eight children of the late Robert and Allie Ellis. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Mr. HL Gibson; four brothers; and two sisters.

An avid gardener who won yard of the month, Juanita was proud of her green thumb. She loved her family, her knitting and her Lord and savior Jesus Christ. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for over 40 years. Juanita spent time knitting and donating dish cloths to all of the new residents at Gresham Place Apartments where she was voted Queen and was the oldest resident.

She is survived by one sister, Mildred Howard, of Sanford; two daughters, Carolyn Leitch (Jerry) and Vickie Porter (Chief); grandchildren, LaDonna Tartt (Sandy), Ashley Shearin (Kevin) and John Allen III (Angela); step-grandson, Sonny Porter (Stephanie); great-grandchildren, Wesley Tartt, Addison Tartt, Riley Allen and Colin Shearin; and two step-great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Colby Livings. She shared many friendships throughout her life and one special friend of 50 years, Annie Black.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service.

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