OBITUARY: 'Grandmother of Destin' passes on

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Geneva Reidling Gibbs

“A mother’s love lives within the hearts of her children forever.”

On the morning of Feb. 7, 2014, God saw fit to call away the sweet spirit of Mrs. Ginny Reidling Gibbs to her heavenly home. Mrs. Ginny, the fourth of eight children, was born to Hubert and Mary Ethel Estelle Reidling of Gainesville, Hall County, Ga. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Geneva eloped with the love of her life at the tender age of 17. She married the handsome Army GI that walked her home from church, Frank M. Gibbs. Frank was in the Army and they had to keep it a secret for a few months. Mom was a devoted Army wife and went with her new husband to California and Fort Benning, Ga., to the Destin Army Recreational Camp. The husband and wife team worked together at the Army Recreational Center with their two daughters for five years. Their love of the community of Destin filled their hearts and they decided to remain in Destin till their Master called them home.

Ginny, as she was affectionately known to her friends, always put her family first. She had an exceptional green thumb and everyone enjoyed swapping cutting of plants with her family and friends. She saw God in every flower and in each one of us. She graced our lives with beauty and love. Every morning she was in her yard and at night, she was busy crocheting throws or making gifts for everyone or working on a puzzle. She was always busy —just a busy bee. She loved to cook and the more her friends and family ate, the happier she was. Mom could cook a great pot of greens and cornbread.

She was a member of First Baptist Church and although her health kept her from regular attendance in the past few years, she never waivered in her faith in God or in her love and loyalty to her church family. She was an Eastern Star, lifetime member of the Armanthas, and founder of the Destin Women’s Club.

Geneva was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Frank M. Gibbs, her parents, seven siblings and precious grandson, Brandon Peale, in 1995.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Gibbs Woodward and son-in-law, Jim Woodward, of Coweta, Okla., Frankie Gibbs Peale and son-in-law, Roger Peale, of Destin; grandchildren, Gregory D. Woodward and Tammy Stacy of Coweta, Okla.; and great-grandchildren, Gregory, Jason, Hunter, and Caleb Woodward of Coweta, Okla., and John–Michael Peale of Pace, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the Belvedere Commons staff; Hospice caregivers, Rebecca Monte, Ruby Monte, and Glenda Robertson.

Friends are the angels that God sent from Heaven to help us.

Services will be private.

A happy home we once enjoyed, how sweet the memory still, but death has left a loneliness the world can never fill.