February 18, 1931 ~ October 1, 2021

Born in: Lawrenceburg, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Martha Rose (Rosie) Morris Gibson, 90, of Indianapolis, passed away Friday, October 1, 2021, at her home. Born in Lawrenceburg, IN, she was a graduate of the 1949 class of Lawrenceburg High School where she received many academic awards. As a youth, Rosie was an award-winning trumpet player and at age nine she played a solo with the high school band during a community performance. She later graduated from Indiana University in 1987.

Rosie (aka ‘Big Mom’, to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren) was a miracle. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1996, and a subsequent brain tumor in 2002, nothing could stop her vibrant energy and zest for life. She lived life with a smile and a sharp sense of humor.

Throughout her married life, her husband’s work allowed them to reside in many states including California, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. They also made England their home for five years where she raised yellow Labrador Retrievers along with her children. She enjoyed traveling and in 2014, she travelled to Africa on safari with four of her children and her son-in-law. It was a trip that she vowed to take again.

Rosie loved a good book, a fine wine, and music—especially jazz. She enjoyed many trips to New Orleans, not only for the music, but also for the cuisine. She was an exceptional cook, having studied at Le Cordon Bleu, and could often be found dancing to jazz in her kitchen. Entertaining family and friends brought her great joy.
The daughter of the late Fred and Agnes (McLeaster) Morris, she was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Dr. Roy Leonard Gibson, Jr., as well as her children, John Morris Gibson and Dr. Sarah Ann Gray, and her daughter-in-law, Chae Ok Gibson.

Rose will be greatly missed by her loving and caring daughter, Martha Runion of Indianapolis, IN and her devoted sons, Roy Gibson of Denton, TX and Stewart Gibson (Laura), of Ridgefield, CT. She is survived by her beloved sister, Pat Busse, and Pat’s daughters, Jonna MacDougall (Eric) and Anita Day (Rob) all of Indianapolis, IN; her dedicated son-in-law Glenn Gray of Philadelphia, PA, and daughter-in-law Linda Gibson and her family of North Carolina.

Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Sally Baker (Kelly), John Gibson (Gracie), Christopher Gray, Lauren Wulc (Dan), Holly Gray (Mark O’Hara), Nicole Shrontz (Ty), Patrick Gibson, and Taryn Gibson; and seven great-grandchildren, Lennon Baker, Vanessa Baker, Sasha Baker, Hazelyn Gray, Emilia Wulc, Lucas Wulc, and Milo O’Hara. She will be lovingly remembered by many friends and neighbors.

A memorial service celebrating Rosie’s life will be take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Outrun the Sun (outrunthesun.org) or Military Benefit Foundation (milbenfoundation.org) in memory of Rosie Gibson.

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. Big Mom was loved by all and will be missed by anyone lucky enough to have known her. She was the rock of the family and lovingly kept us together through all the craziness of bringing up our own families and always welcomed the in-laws and out-laws as one of her own. She always treated me like her son and I loved her as much as my own mother. I will always be thankful for the many decades we had together and the happy times we shared. I will always be grateful to her for getting me through the sad times as well. Rest In Peace Big Mom.

  3. So many amazing memories and treasures over 23 years knowing Big Mom… I feel fortunate to have known her in the capacity I knew her and so blessed to be a small part of her truly wonderful family. I will deeply miss the sound of her voice and her amazing warm beautiful laugh. Thanks for sharing so many incredible moments with Little Sal and myself and the kids. We love you forever.

  4. 🌹- Your life was a beautiful bright light in our neighborhood and this world! Thank you for sharing ALL your gifts, especially your grace, strength and positivity in all circumstances. You will always be an inspiration and your Spirit will be alive in our hearts forever. Rest In Peace. Peace to you Martha ( and all “ Rosie’s Family and Dear Friends.

  5. Martha, Stewart, Roy, and Family,
    Please know I’m thinking of you and ‘Big Mom’ remembering the warm and welcoming person she was to me and to all the family guests. I’m uploading a few pics in tribute to her! I personally believe that when a person physically departs from earth, they remain here with us in a spirit form. So, I sure hope your Mom approves of my picture selection! I had so much fun with her. Even in her late 80’s she walked, moved and hung right in with Martha and me during our walking adventures in Florida and our tour in the swamp in New Orleans. She is an amazing woman so I hope this message honors her properly! Sending much love to you guys and virtual hugs, Cindy

  6. Martha, aka ‘Big Mom’ is and always was a beautiful soul. I didn’t know her very long but I do know she was a good person and a good mom. Her family adored her and have now gained an angel to watch over all of them. Prayers of comfort and peace to all the family.

  7. Such an amazing woman. I had the pleasure of getting to know Rose and her family, when my family also lived in England. Both my dad and Rose’s husband worked at Gulf Oil, and my Mom and Rose were great friends. Both my parents have passed, so on behalf of Walter & Christine Knighten, and myself, I give our deepest condolences to Rose’s family. She was ever so loved.

    Diana Foreman (Knighten)

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