Margaret N. Giberson, 99
Margaret Newton Giberson, age 99, died on August 6, 2018 at Westminster at Lake Ridge, her home for the last 10 1/2 years. She was born on July 26 ,1919 in Boston, MA. She was the oldest of three children of William Henry Allen I and Margaret Newton Allen ( later Shaw )of Cohasset, MA. Until the age of eight, she lived with her parents and brother William H Allen II and sister Hope Allen, (later Von Pogenhardt and Cross). She also lived in Italy, New Hampshire, Maine, and Mexico, where she attended a year of college- wanting to become a clothes designer or archeologist. Due to the ongoing recession, she moved back to Boston and attended secretarial school, and worked for John Hancock.
During the war, she became a volunteer Red Cross Nurse’s Aide, helping the wounded soldiers. (She later said she wished she had become a nurse.) A good place to meet people was at the USO dances- which is where she met Lt. Howard Samuel Giberson, Harvard Grad, of Foxboro, MA. They married in 1944. In 1946 they had one child, Anne Hope Giberson, who married James Leland Parker of Annandale, VA. Their children are Emily Anne Parker of Centreville, VA and Bryan James Parker of Challis, Idaho, who has one child Avena Isis Parker. Of course she loved being grandmother and great grandmother to them!
Margot stayed at home in Annandale, VA, managing the household, giving guidance with Anne’s school projects, doing much cooking, sewing, gardening, and encouraging Howie with his music writing and Masters Degree work. In the late ’50's she worked for many years as the Executive Secretary to the Medical Director of George Washington Hospital, and later was a secretary in an architectural ﬁrm and legal oﬃce.
She loved to swim, dance; do aerobic exercise and a little yoga; attend theater and concerts; explore art museums; and travel. Much volunteering was done with Girl Scouts, schools, libraries, and community groups. 32 years was spent with her beloved Fairfax Hospital Auxiliary group. She was a member of a book club, and groups at Friendship Methodist Church and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. After moving to Westminster, she continued volunteering and was a member of several groups. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church became her new, loving church home.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, August 23, at 11:00 AM, at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, at 5290 Saratoga La, Woodbridge, VA, 22193.
In lieu of ﬂowers, donations can be given to St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, or the fund to help Westminster employees with education: Westminster Ingleside Foundation, Kreider Fund, 2275 Research Blvd., Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20850.