Virginia Maxine Messenger (Tetrick) Gibson was born to Alva and Esther
Messenger on July 20,1927. She was a lifelong resident of Pomeroy.
While attending high school, she spent her summers working for Mary Miller cooking and helping Mary during the harvest season. It was while working for Mary she met the first love of her life, Jim Tetrick. They were married in August of 1945 and in 1946 they had their first child, Karen. They spent many years working on the family farm and later they were able to lease some additional land and have a home of their own.
In 1964, they had a pleasant surprise and Maxine gave birth to their second child, Kurt. They thoroughly enjoyed Kurt, but unfortunately a week before Kurt's high school graduation Jim passed away after suffering a heart attack. After Jim's death Maxine worked a part-time job, got her GED and managed the finances of the farm. She soon settled into her life and enjoyed many lunches and shopping trips, football and basketball games with her friends.
In November 1986, she married the second love in her life, Warren Gibson. They enjoyed traveling and spent many happy years together. She was a devoted Washington State University, Mariners and Seahawks fan. She was an especially devoted Pomeroy Pirates fan. She was one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave every game.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Roger) Hill; her son, Kurt (Jackie) Tetrick; her sisters, Rhea (Al) Underwood, Marjorie Reins; her brother, Tom (Anne) Messenger; her nephew, Tim (Linda) Purcell; her grandchildren, Shaleen (Dave) Lenz, Jim (Jodi) Henning, James and Jesseica Tetrick; and her three great-grandchildren Terry, Joey and Zoie.
Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and Warren's children and grandchildren whom she loved as her own.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her sister, Sandy; her parents, Alva and Esther Messenger; and her husband, Warren.
She was a hard worker, kind and thoughtful. She loved to entertain, cook and bake, especially for other people. She was a member of several homemaker clubs, the Spade Swingers Garden Club, she was a 50-year member of the Grange, a lifetime member of the FFA Alumni, a supporter of the Spokane Jr. Livestock Show and a member of the Pomeroy Christian Church. She loved the Garfield County Fair, and she loved Pomeroy and the people in it.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to HUGS, c/o Garfield County Hospital or the Pomeroy Christian Church.
Memorial service will be held at the Pomeroy Christian Church on Tuesday,Nov 1 with Richardson Brown Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.