Delora Gibbs

Delora Marie Gibbs

Wednesday, February 9th, 1949 - Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
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Delora Marie Gibbs, 71, of Battle Creek, Michigan, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. She was born on February 9, 1949, the daughter of the late Johnny Frank Wilson and Otelia E. Turner. She graduated from Norfolk, VA public schools. She met Leroy Gibbs Sr. in 1967, while he was in the US Navy and stationed in Norfolk. They were married in October of 1970. She gave her life to the Lord at a young age. She was a homemaker for several years, raising her own children and helped to raise several of the kids in the neighborhood. Delora then took a job in housecleaning at the Battle Creek Inn, where she worked for 15 years.

Delora is survived by her son, Leroy Gibbs, Jr.; three daughters, Renee D. Gibbs, Darlene K. Gibbs, and Leslie M. Fields-Gibbs; 8 grandchildren, Leroy III, Austin, Natalia, Armand, Malayah, Leonardo II, Saralina, and Jayla; 1 great-grandchild, Leilani; Four Brothers, Larry Turner, Johnny Turner, Albert Turner, Randolph (Cynthia) Turner; Two Sisters, Christine Turner, Diane Turner. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leroy Gibbs; sisters, Minnie Malone and Geraldine Turner.

Delora loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. She loved to cook and play bingo. She also loved to watch television and some of her favorite programs were: Forensic Files, the Lifetime Channels, and Soul Train.

Interment will take place in Fort Custer National Cemetery after a small private family service.
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    Fort Custer National Cemetery
    15501 Dickman Road
    AUGUSTA, MI 49012
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Harry Allen

Posted at 08:52pm
To Leroy, Jr. and family. I have many memories of your mom from when your dad first brought you and your mom to Battle Creek and then the many good times I had at their home in our young days. I remember your mom as a very quiet but determined lady who had the ability to keep your dad on the straight and narrow when required, smile. I miss those good days and times but the memories will linger on. Opal also enjoyed having known your mom and the many conversations they shared. You probably don’t know that your dad and I joined the military just days apart in December 1966; he went into Navy and I joined the Air Force. We also attended KCC at the same time and would sometimes see each other at school or racing to get to one of our classes on time.

Leroy and Delora will live on in our memories,

Harry & Opal

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