Joan Gibbs, age 92, passed away peacefully from natural causes on August 27, 2014. Joan was born the only daughter of Lucius E. and Georgina (Reberger) Sharrock in Bonzi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on February 20, 1922. Joan had one brother, Benjamin, who together with her parents preceded her in death.
Joan married John (Jack) Hudson on October 14, 1944, in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, during World War II. Joan served in the Women’s Australian Air Force and Jack was in the United States Army Air Corp from 1942-1945. Joan and Jack settled in St. Johns and raised their family until Jack’s death in June of 1968. She was a long time member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church. Joan met Phillip Arthur Gibbs in the winter of 1969 and they were wed on Valentine’s Day, 1970. Phil and Joan resided in Haslett, Michigan until his death in 1975. Joan returned to St. Johns, and worked at the Lansing Sears, Roebuck & Co. until she retired in 1992.
Joan is survived by her four children, Robyn (James) Rehmann of Anchorage, AK; Cynthia (James) Lang, St. Johns, MI; Rick (Jeanne) Hudson, Ionia, MI; and Todd (Cecilia) Hudson of North Pole, AK, and 2 step-daughters, Connie and Kristine , 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI., with Rev. Karen Lewis officiating with a private family burial to follow. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 12 – 1 p.m.
In recognition of Joan’s service during WWII, the Australian flag was presented to her family by the St. Johns Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s memory to the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan.
The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.
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