16 Jul Deon Allen Gibson
Deon Allen Gibson, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away surrounded by family at her home on July 16, 2016. She was born August 18, 1926 in Tooele, Utah to Jesse Peter and Viola Fogelberg Allen, the only daughter in a family of four boys.
After being a light-hearted mischief maker in her hometown during her teenage years, Deon made the move to the big city to attend the University of Utah. She was the “big woman” on campus, belonging to the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, playing saxophone in the jazz band, and dominating on the tennis court, all while excelling academically.
Enamored by Deon’s outspoken spunk and smarts, L. Dale Gibson made his move in a history class at the U. They were married and solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on September 17, 1947. The lifelong sweethearts spent the rest of their years together rooting for the Utes, being dedicated educators (she a teacher and he a principal), and supportively raising their son and two daughters.
Deon was a larger-than-life character in her loved ones’ lives, and we will miss so many wonderful things about her. She took every opportunity to love and spoil as many dogs as she could, earning the nickname of Dog Lady of her street. Her almost childlike enthusiasm for high-quality but simple desserts (shortbread cookies, vanilla ice cream, lemon cream pie) was both entertaining and contagious. And while she constantly displayed her loving, thoughtful nature, she also was a fierce competitor and didn’t hesitate to trounce her opponents in everything from her weekly Bridge club to ping-pong with the grandkids to dog shows.
Deon was preceded in death by her husband, parents, older brothers, and youngest daughter Michele Gibson White. She is survived by son Allen (Phyllis); daughter Wanda McCray (Frederick); son-in-law Ronnie White; grandsons Alexander and Zachary McCray; granddaughter Danyelle White; and brother Kay (May) Allen.
In accordance with Deon’s wishes, a private family memorial was held in lieu of traditional funeral services, but those wanting to send condolences may do so via cityviewmortuary.com. The family would like to send special thanks to Rosemary and the other dedicated nurses from Millcreek Home Health and Hospice for allowing us to fulfill Deon’s wish of passing at home.