July 12, 1933 – December 16, 2011
We wanted to share what John shared in his Christmas/New Year Greeting the following:
Dear Family and Friends:
This year has been like no other for Anita and me. Anita was admitted to the Robin Run Health Care Center in mid-May and died there December 16th from complications of the “cerebella atrophy” disorder diagnosed three years ago. Up unitl the very last she had a reasonably good quality of life interacting with friends, family and her excellent nursing home caregivers. Her memorial celebration on December 31st was a profound tribute to her life and legacy. Family and friends came from near and far to grieve her passing and to express gratitute for who she was and how she made the world a better place. I am personally very thankful for all the expressions of support such as cards, food, phone calls, e-mails, and visits during these difficult days. Likewise our church family, Braodway United Methodist, has been extremely gracious and generous.
What now? In early November my sister, Rev. Judy Voss (retired UMC clergy from the Missouri Conference), came to visit Anita, me, Ruth (our daughter), and her husband, Dave Clark. While Judy was here she offered to move from her condo in Kansas City to assist with Anita’s care and to work with me on the Sustainable Indiana 2016 project. Her move-in is now complete; well, mostly. There are still some boxes to unpack. We both share a sense of urgency for the future of the planet and a conviction that Indiana is potentially a national leader in green innovation.
The year ahead, 2012, promises to be a pivotal time the history of Earth. So many perils and promising possibilities are “on the table.” Some predictions are ominous. Some are optimistic. I choose to be cautiously optimistic, this means I will keep working, as I hope you will, toward a healthier, safer, and more sustainable planet. May you know the happiness of a worthy purpose and partners to pursue it.
~~ John Gibson
Ellie, thank you so much for sharing with us this sad news. Anita was one of the fine Instructors and Directors of Training, Inc. What a pleasure it was to work with her and that team in that amazing program of transformation. We recall also the creative community partnerships she and John forged in Indianapolis as part of the Area Chicago. We give thanks for the life and service of this dear colleague on the journey.
~~ Lynda Cock