Shirley A. (Cronk) Gibson

April 27, 2020

Shirley A. (Cronk) Gibson

Shirley A. (Cronk) Gibson  –  in Medford, formerly of Stoneham, April 27th at eight six years of age.  Beloved wife of the late Francis C. “Frank”Gibson.  Cherished mother of  Beverly Roche, her late husband Thomas “Tom” of  North Reading, formerly of Woburn, Donna Brown, her husband  John of Chesapeake, VA, and Peter Gibson of Lafayette, GA. Dear sister of Dody Reitz of Oceanside, CA.  Loving grandmother of five grandchildren, Megan Laughlin, Errin Spruill, Sammy Gibson, Aly Roche and Tim Roche, along with nine great grandchildren. Dear friend of Dick and (the late) Joye Freeman of Burlington. Caring aunt to 11 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley’s name to the The Fuller House of Stoneham, 32 Franklin St, Stoneham, MA 02180. Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

Shirley A. (Cronk) Gibson passed away at the Court Yard Nursing Facility, Monday morning, April 27th.  The beloved wife of the late Francis “Frank” Gibson she was eighty six years of age.

Born in Waltham, she was the daughter of the late Milton and Gertrude (Baldaro) Cronk.  Raised and educated in Watertown, Shirley had remained in Watertown until her senior year in high school, when her family moved to Waltham, where she graduated from Waltham High School along with the Class of 1951.

In 1954 Shirley married her sweetheart, Frank Gibson.  They made their home in Watertown where they brought three children into the world and Shirley was in her glory!  She dedicated herself to raising her children and supporting them in all their academic and social ventures and any other way she possibly could.

When her youngest child started school, Shirley started school too!  She served as a secretary in the Watertown Public Schools, at the JR Lowell Elementary School, where she remained for thirty-one years.  Shirley was exceptional at her job where her kindness and willingness to help out students, teachers and administrators was over the top and always greatly appreciated.

Being the only driver in the house, Shirley was and continued over the years to be “the driver.”  If anyone was going anywhere, at any time and needed a ride, Shirley was there!  It made no difference, time or place, Shirley was sure to get anyone to where they needed to be, in a very timely fashion. She was also the ultimate care-giver. Be it family, friend or casual acquaintance, Shirley was there to help in any way she could.

Traveling was always on the dockets for summers.  Loving the beach she and her family often traveled to Plum Island or York Beach Maine.  Other beaches in between, but those were the favorites!  Road trips, visiting family in Virginia, Georgia, and California, and over to Europe brought  great joy in visiting children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and meeting new friends along the way. There were also many other excursions with dear friends, Joye and Dick Freeman.

Shirley was unbelievably creative!  The sewing machine she could handle like no other. Making special things for her family friends brought her great joy.  Her grandchildren and great grandchildren will cherish the embroidered Disney Characters on their pillows and blankets, sweatshirts and hats!  Sleep overs at Grammy’s were always a treat for the grandkids.  She absolutely loved having them over for dinner, watching tv, sharing popcorn and ice-cream and then breakfast the next morning, it was fun!  Never did she miss recitals, plays, sporting events, concerts and graduations!  Grammy took great pride in them all.

Shirley loved life and her life was full.  Her family, love and faith surrounded her, her entire life.  She was actively involved in her church, raising her family in the same manner.  The dedication and love of God and family, provided Shirley with strength and wisdom to embrace each day, and all those whom she so loved.  Her legacy will be cherished.

Cherished mother of  Beverly Roche, her late husband Thomas “Tom” of  North Reading, formerly of Woburn, Donna Brown, her husband  John of Chesapeake, VA, and Peter Gibson of Lafayette, GA. Dear sister of Dody Reitz of Oceanside, CA.  Loving grandmother of five grandchildren, Megan Laughlin, Errin Spruill, Sammy Gibson, Aly Roche and Tim Roche, along with nine great grandchildren. Dear friend of Dick and (the late) Joye Freeman of Burlington. Caring aunt to 11 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley’s name to the The Fuller House of Stoneham, 32 Franklin St, Stoneham, MA 02180. Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

 

 

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

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  1. Shirley was a welcomed edition to our Fuller House Family. Her smile, laughter, sense of humor and spunk made our house a happy home. We enjoyed our Bingo games, ice cream socials, times on the back deck and visits with Bev. They will forever be in our memory. We were blessed and honored to have taken care of her. Much love to her family.

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