Marilyn Jeanette (Lumpkins) Gibson, age 77, Arvada, Colorado entered into eternal life on October 4, 2014 at Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
She was born December 12, 1936, northeast of Plainville, Kansas, the daughter of Marion and Nevella (Benedick) Lumpkins. On November 29, 1952, she married Charles Upton in Stockton, Kansas. On April 15, 1960, she married James Gibson in Golden, Colorado.
Marilyn worked as an operator for Southwestern Bell in Plainville, Kansas transferring to Mountain Bell in Denver, Colorado in 1960. She worked as the travel coordinator for Rocky Mountain Energy, a division of Union Pacific from 1971 until they closed their office in 1987. At that time she returned to the phone company, working in Denver and Pueblo, Colorado until her retirement in 1998. She had since resided in Arvada, Colorado.
The driving force in Marilyn’s life had always been her family. She loved and treasured all of them. She looked forward to the annual Lumpkins-Barber family reunion and attended faithfully for decades. She kept every card or letter received from family and friends her entire life; a testament of her love for them.
She is survived by daughters, Diane Rasmussen, Lehi, Utah; Donna (Jim) Dyer, Arvada, CO; Susan (Dave) Adams, Kanorado, KS; and son, James (Cheryl) Gibson, Brighton, CO; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Lumpkins, (Plainville, KS); sister, Faye Taylor, (Great Bend, KS); and brother-in-law, Verle Clark, Rose Hill, Kansas; and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Carolyn Clark, and a granddaughter, Bobbi Jo Blazon.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 pm on Friday, October 10, 2014 at the First Christian Church, Plainville, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Plainville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 pm on Thursday at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, Kansas and at the church on Friday from 1:30 pm until service time. Memorials are suggested in Marilyn’s memory to the First Christian Church, Plainville, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com