SAN ANGELO — Norma Paula Lena Kuck Gibbs was born on Dec. 16, l914, in the German community of Hochheim, Texas.
Norma was the daughter of Clara and Wibert Anton Kuck.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dela and Burt Terrill; her grandchildren, Craig and Melodi Terrill of San Angelo, Mike and Melani Terrill and Tammy and Jason Glass of Brownwood. She is survived by two brothers and their wives, Victor and Dorothy Englert of Fort Stockton, and Reuben and Ruby Englert of Big Spring; a brother-in-law and wife, Wallace and Betty Gibbs of San Angelo; and a sister-in-law and husband, Gerry and Howard Boatright of Midland. Her precious great grandchildren are Ryan, Ashley, and Brooke Terrill; Mason and Megan Terrill; Laurel Kate and Hunter Glass.
She was a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Buddy, in 1959, and her devoted husband, Harold, in 1997. Also preceding her in death were her brother, Shine Kuck, and his wife Rena J. of Odessa; brother-in-law and wife, Billy and Mary Gibbs; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Gibbs.
Norma did not learn to speak English until she started school in Shiner, Texas. By that time, World War I was raging and she did not want anyone to know she spoke German. The flu epidemic of l9l8 took many of her family members, including her father. Her mother later married Joe Englert of Olfen, Texas. The family later moved to Wall, Texas, and she made two lifelong friends there, Arlena Hinnant and Edna Moore.
In 1934, she married Harold Gibbs, who was already in the grocery business at that time as a clerk at Modern Way Food Store. Mr. Gibbs later became the co-founder of Town and Country Food Stores. Norma was an integral part of that business development in its earliest stages. Their success in later life was a true American Dream, after surviving the rigors of the Great Depression and the death of their son.
Norma was a quiet, shy person who preferred to be in the background. She provided a warm and loving home for her husband and children. She was an accomplished seamstress and her hobby was creating beautiful clothes for herself, her children and grandchildren. She also did beautiful crochet work and creative stitching. Her “green thumb” was also renowned among her family.
The verses in the Bible found in Proverbs 31:10-31 describe her perfectly. Norma was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of San Angelo for over 50 years. She served the church in many capacities during those years. Her Sunday School friends were always her closest friends. Many thanks for the kindnesses extended to her from the members and staff of First Baptist Church. Our special thanks goes to Rosa Bermea, her housekeeper and friend of 35 years, and the wonderful staff of Division V of Baptist Memorials Retirement Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church Chapel. A private family graveside service will be held afterwards at Belvedere Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joe Lee McManus, Steve Stephens, Stanley Mayfield, Billy Hollis, Don Allison and Spencer McDonough.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Memorials’ Sagecrest Green Houses or any other charity of donor’s choice.