, Newburyport, MA

June 15, 2013

Joanne M. Gibbons, 80

West Newbury, MA — Joanne M. Gibbons, 80, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013. She was born January 22, 1933, in Lowell, Mass., to Karl D. Lay and Grace C. Lay, the youngest of five children.

She was a graduate of Groveland High School where she was active in sports, her favorite being basketball. She attended McIntosh Business College and was then employed by Western Electric Company. In 1953 she married John C. Gibbons. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her family and her church were central in her life. Joanne had a lifelong love for music, and was a member of her church choir for many years. She also owned Brickett House Antiques. Joanne was a generous woman, and will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her children, Tina Kinsman, husband, Bob, and daughter, Sarah of North Hampton; Scott Gibbons, his wife, Heather, and daughter, Nora of Kansas City, Mo.; and Bonnie Gibbons of West Newbury; her sister, Janet Nielsen of Haverhill; her former husband, John C. Gibbons; and several nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours are Tuesday, June 18, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant St., Georgetown, MA 01833. Her funeral will be held at the West Newbury Congregational Church, 308 Main St., West Newbury, MA on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 11 a.m.

The burial service is private for the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Newbury Congregational Church, 308 Main St., West Newbury, MA. To leave online condolences, please visit