|Patricia Sarah Murphy Gibson
Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 12, 2018
PATRICIA "Trish" GIBSON
Patricia Sarah Gibson - known to her family and friends as
Trish - passed away on October 27, 2018 at age 63 from a
rare form of cancer. She died peacefully at the home of her
daughter in Boulder, Colorado, surrounded by her family,
her final wish.
Trish was born on July 28, 1955, in Rockville Centre,
New York, daughter of the late Francis S. Murphy and Patricia Blazey Murphy. The family
moved to Washington, DC, in 1967, where Trish graduated from Wilson High School
(1973) and attended American University.
She and her husband, Campbell (Cam) Gibson, were married in 1979, and except for four
years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1979-1981 and 1993-1995), made their home in the
Alexandria area of Fairfax County.
Trish was active in numerous community and school activities, starting with the Junior
Friends of the Campagna Center (in Alexandria), where one year she was in charge of the
Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. Subsequently, she volunteered for the United Community
Ministries (UCM) in the Mt. Vernon area, where she co-chaired the Capitol Steps fundraising
event for many years. At West Potomac High School, Trish was president of the parents'
association for the Wolverine marching band. She worked for 14 years at the American
Horticultural Society in various positions and retired as Director of Buildings and Grounds.
Her last volunteer activity was at the USO at Fort Belvoir. Trish's other interests and hobbies
included gardening, knitting, bowling, and her 9:30 class at Trident CrossFit. She had a
lifelong fondness for England, especially inn-to-inn walking tours. Trish was known to her
many friends for her warmth and generosity and for helping others in times of need. She was
a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. In recent years, she doted on her four young
granddaughters (the "Grand Girls") and loved knitting for them and did Facetime with them
nearly every day.
She is survived by her husband, Cam, of Alexandria; by her daughter Nicole Christensen, son
Trevor Gibson, son-in-law Eric Christensen, daughter-in-law Maura Dudley, and
granddaughters Harriet Christensen, Campbell Christensen, Simone Gibson, and Lilla
Gibson, all residents of Boulder, Colorado; and by her three siblings, Dano Murphy of
Bethesda, Maryland, Barbara Murphy of Washington, DC, and Charlotte Murphy of Mt. Airy,
Maryland, and their families.
A memorial service for Trish will be held early next year.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in her name be made to the Semper
Fi Fund of the U.S. Marine Corps.