Mavis (Delvo) Gibson

March 15, 1922 - July 13, 2017


Visitation: Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 7:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 5 to 7:00 p.m.
Service: Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Canton United Methodist Church.

Mavis Gibson pixMavis Delvo Gibson, 95, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls.  Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 7:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 5 to 7:00 p.m.

Mavis was blessed by the family she was born into, the one she created and the one she married into.  She was blessed by a nursing career and a community in Canton that she loved.

Mavis was born March 15, 1922, in Hoople, North Dakota, to Alvina and Clarence Gunderson.  Mavis was the oldest of six girls and attended the Hoople schools through high school.   She graduated from nursing training at Grafton Deaconess Hospital and was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.   After graduation she worked in Park River, ND.

When bowling one evening with her sister Elaine in Park River, North Dakota, fate intervened.  There she met Leonard Delvo.  They married June 26, 1949.  They lived in several towns in North and South Dakota before settling in Canton to raise their four children.   They spent many happy years together and provided a loving home for their family.

In Canton, Mavis worked at Canton-Inwood Hospital, Doctor Nutter’s practice, and the Good Samaritan Center.  She loved taking care of people.  You did not have to be special in ways of intellect, stature or beauty to be special to Mavis.  You just had to be kind.

Several years after Leonard’s passing, when dancing with friends at the Sioux Falls VFW, fate intervened again…or likely a true blessing.  There she met Marshall Gibson.  They married August 13, 1983.  They spent many happy years dancing, traveling and enjoying life in Canton and Mesa, Arizona.  They enjoyed their roles as grandparents/great grandparents to both families.

Mavis is survived by her four children:  Mike (Cindy) Delvo, Pam Delvo, Gary (Becky) Delvo and Sandy (Charlie) Johnson.  And by Marshall’s family: Gayle Franchere, Dale (Rhonda) Gibson, son-in-law Tom (Crystal) VanWyhe.  Grandchildren Haley Delvo, Josh Delvo, Ethan Delvo, Rachel (Aaron) Spies, Sean Johnson, Jes Johnson, Teri (Matt) Mercer, Matt VanWhye, Jeremy (Christine) Franchere, Jennifer (Mike) Totora. Great-grandchildren Taylor, Tristan and Evan Franchere, Amy and Erin Tortora, Mason and Makenzie Mercer.  And  by her five sisters Iva Johnson, Venise Hanson, Elaine Morey, Phyllis Payton and Ruth Veum along with their loving families.

Mavis is proceeded in death by her parents Alvina (1986) & Clarence Gunderson (1971), her husband Leonard Delvo (March 31, 1972),  her husband Marshall Gibson (August 4, 2005).

Mavis Gibson, age 95.   Loving mother, sister and friend. She will always be missed, always loved, always remembered.

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6 condolences have been left

  1. To you and yours,

    A life so important to so many.

    With love and sympathy
    Caroline

  2. Our sympathy to Mavis’ family and friends. She was a sweet, compassionate lady and will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. My deepest sympathies. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Mavis was a special lady. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

  4. Please know our friend Mavis will be greatly missed. She was such a sweetheart. Our prayers are with you all.

  5. Rest In Peace Dear Mavis!
    You were a very special friend to me, I cherish our telephone visits. Being you were a wonderful caregiver in this life, you have earned many jewels in your crown in heaven. You can stand proud with your beautiful crown.

    Love you so much
    Nancy