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Marion (Gibbs) Belcher

April 9, 1927 ~ February 14, 2021 (age 93)


Marion Gibbs Belcher was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Samuel and Sarah Gibbs on April 9, 1927. Marion passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 14, 2021, Valentine’s Day.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Belcher. 

Marion worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Detroit and Los Angeles. Not long after marrying Willie on an Alaskan cruise, they settled in Albuquerque in 1989. They soon became members of the Caravanners motor home club and traveled extensively around the tri-state area. They also traveled cross country by themselves.

Marion loved helping people. She belonged to the Rio Rancho NW Mesa NAACP; The Home Circle, Friends of Many Cultures, CTC Old-timers Club, Civitan International, Meadowlark Red Hatters, and the Gray Panthers. Marion loved arts, crafts, and paints, having painted shoes and many other articles for friends, family, and herself. She also loved jazz, collecting rocks, sewing and was very passionate and knowledgeable about her many plants surrounding her sunken bathtub. Marion's most favorite color was purple, which was so evident in her clothing and home decor.  Marion had the most beautiful hands and nails often stopping people in their tracks to compliment her.

Marion is survived by her niece and nephew, Yvonne and Jesse Spicer of Albuquerque; brother and sister-in-law, Samuel and Mary Gibbs of Detroit, Michigan; nephews, Raymond Hearn and Allen Gibbs, both of Detroit; special cousin, William Floyd of San Diego, California; three special Albuquerque friends among many, Anna Wiggins, Patricia Lennens, and Mae Lockett; and a host of great nephews, nieces, cousins and life-long Detroit friends. 

A Zoom Memorial Service will be held on her birthdate, Friday, April 9, 2021 (Zoom invitations forthcoming early April). Please consider a donation in Marion's memory to the Urology Residents Education Fund,, which provides financial resources for enhanced educational and professional development of Urology Residents, enhancing the University of New Mexico’s ability to recruit residents and provide the highest quality resident experience.



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