Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church for Jane Russell Oberkampf Davisson Gibson, 96 — an ardent traveler who has made her last great earthly adventure in her traveling saga. Rev. Kent Leydens will be officiating with burial to follow at South Park Cemetery.
Jane was born on May 4, 1917, in San Angelo, Texas, to Harry E. Oberkampf and Mabel C. Russell Oberkampf. She loved spending summer times in Ruidoso visiting her grandmother and aunt. Later, she moved to Roswell and attended Roswell High School, graduating in 1935. She was a Rainbow girl, Chum, a member of a horseback riding club and loved ballroom dancing.
She attended the University of Arizona graduating with a major in Fine Art Design in l939. She returned to Roswell, where she was hired as the first full-time art teacher at Missouri Avenue School. Later, she became the art teacher at her old alma mater, Roswell High School. She taught from 1940-1967, instilling her love for art into the hearts and minds of her students.
In 1945, she married Lt. Col. George Allen Davisson in Roswell. They were married 17 years. He preceded her in death.
In 1979, she met and married Col. Walter Lee Gibson in Roswell. Both loved to travel, and spent much of their retirement years as RVers, traveling to 17 states and four countries. From 1980 to the present, she documented their places of travel in diary form, complete with sketches in pen, ink and acrylic.
She is survived by her husband, Col. Walter Gibson, of Roswell; and stepchildren: Sara Gibson, of Austin, Texas, and Scott Gibson, of Reno, Nev.; stepgrandchildren: Ashley, Stephanie and Isabel; and two great-grandchildren.
Jane was very community-minded, giving of her time and talent as she served in various capacities. From 1952-1959, she was an educational curator for the Roswell Museum and Art Center. She served as a Red Cross volunteer from 1941-1977 and served as the Red Cross’ chairman of the board from 1977-1979. In 1962, she was nominated for Who’s Who in Moore’s Business and Professionals, and in 1970, was a delegate for Presbyterian Women at Purdue University. Her love and eye for art landed her a position as judge for the New Mexico State Fair Fine Arts Division from 1950-1960.
Jane was a prolific painter capturing character and emotion in her portraits, beauty in her landscapes and delicate detail in her many florals. Her love for art was exhibited in all mediums: oils, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, and sculpture. Her home was an extension of her art, where she displayed her fine work in a gallery setting.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for 70 years. She was a loving wife, great art teacher and a friend to all. She will be greatly missed.
Serving as pallbearers are Wayne Glass, Gordon Patton, Bob Entrop and Wayne Peterson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Artist-in-Residency Program; Roswell Museum and Art Center, 400 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Roswell, NM 88201.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.