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Elizabeth (“Beth”) Hurley Gibson, Blacksburg, Va. died the evening of September 19, 2013, after a year-long struggle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”). Beth was the only daughter of Stephen J. and Margaret Hayes Hurley of Colton, NY, who both predeceased her. Beth was born April 26, 1939, in Potsdam, NY. She attended Colton-Pierrepont Central School and graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1958; she was also a varsity cheerleader for four years, sang in the chorus, and played clarinet in the band. She was a vocal soloist at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Colton, NY. She received a BS in Speech Pathology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1962 and was very active in her sorority (Alpha Delta) and student government, serving as vice president her senior year.

Beth married Harry W. Gibson, a friend and classmate since the second grade, in August 1962. After Harry finished his graduate program at Clarkson they spent a year in South Bend, IN, at the University of Notre Dame before moving to Tarrytown, NY, for three years. Then they moved to Penfield, NY, where they resided for 15 years. In 1984 they moved to Lake Zurich, IL, and finally in 1986 to her final home in Blacksburg.

She is survived by her devoted older brother Daniel S. Hurley of Potsdam, NY, and his wife Jane Blodgett Hurley; her husband of 51 years, Harry; and her three children, their spouses, and her four grandchildren: Katherine Gibson and Jeff Pertchik and Margaret and Jennifer Pertchik of Blacksburg; Mark and Claudia Gibson and Wesley Gibson of Jacksonville, FL; and Christine Gibson and Benjamin Oderwald and Eleanor Oderwald of Blacksburg. Also surviving are twelve nieces and five nephews and their children. She was predeceased by her other loving brother, Gary F. Hurley of Colton, NY.

Beth had a passionate interest in politics and was very active during her days in Penfield, NY, serving for several years as Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals. She was a volunteer for Special Olympics for many years in the New River Valley and was an active neighborhood fundraiser for a number of charities. She also was a loyal and vocal member of the No Name Dames of Blacksburg, a secessionist group from the Red Hat Society, and served the group ably in the capacity of Raconteur Royale, a skill her many friends and family enjoyed over the years.

Visiting hours will be held Monday evening, September 23, 6 to 8 pm at the McCoy funeral home in Blacksburg. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s church in Blacksburg at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 24. In lieu of flowers please send donations to ALS Association at 1275 K. Street NW, Suite 250, Washington,D.C. 20005. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

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