Gertrude Gibson was a fixture in Denton and there were few people in Denton and the state of Texas who did not know this remarkable woman. Her primary allegiance was to Texas Woman’s University. In her 50-plus years of employment for the college she held positions in the Dean of Women (now Student Life), Admissions, the Registrar’s Office and in the Development Office. At all her posts Gertrude promoted TWU to potential students, donors and the community.
Gertrude also saw the big picture. She knew that TWU was a key component of the city, county and Texas. Gertrude chose to be an ambassador for both TWU and Denton and worked diligently for a strong partnership. Civic and state organizations were fortunate to have her as a member and leader. She gave time and energy to the Denton Chamber of Commerce, the Denton County Historical Society, Denton County 4-H Club Committee, the National Home Fashions League, Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, Texas Farm Bureau, Beautify Texas Council and Wild Basin Institute for Environmental Studies. Gertrude also won an award for her part in establishing the first Texas Wildflower Day. Gertrude made time to be active in the social services and United Way of Denton County was very important to her. She served on the board of directors and made time to participate in numerous campaign activities.
A tribute to Gertrude was written shortly after her death. In the tribute Dr. Phyllis Bridges notes Gertrude’s initials – GG. She said GG stood for many attributes: Good and Generous, Gregarious and Garrulous, and Genteel and Glamorous. She was also a Gracious Giver. Dr. Bridges wrote that Gertrude gave her time, energy and possessions to TWU and the community for 70 years. Upon her passing, Gertrude made some beautiful gifts. Her O’Neil Ford-designed home went to TWU, her body to medical research and a $80,000 bequest to United Way of Denton County.
Gertrude Gibson was a woman of congeniality. Everyone who knew her was blessed beyond measure. Gertrude’s spiritual legacy left its mark on all who met her. Gertrude’s tangible legacy left a mark on those who were in need yet never knew this generous donor.
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