Obituary of Kristin Keith Gibson
Gibson, Kristin Keith, our beloved, gifted, kind, loyal, and compassionate wife, sister, aunt and friend passed away on October 13th, 2022, at home in Tucson Arizona. Kristin’s smile lit up the world, and she will be desperately missed by us all.
Kristin was born in Roswell, New Mexico on May 24th, 1958, to Linda Brown Keith and Langford Keith, Jr. One of four children, and the only blonde in the bunch, she set herself apart from her siblings on so many levels, not the least of which was her genuine compassion for others. She always had time to give to those in need, no matter the circumstance, and would take on tasks that most others didn’t have time for or interest in.
Kristin’s family moved from Roswell to Silver City, New Mexico in the late 1960’s. Her southwestern heritage was deeply rooted in who she was and framed much of her life. She developed lifelong relationships and rich stories from her childhood.
She graduated in 1976 from Saint Mary’s Hall boarding school in San Antonio, Texas. After an exceptionally fun year at the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Kristin returned home to Silver City, attended Western New Mexico University, and then transferred to the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she graduated as a journalism major in 1981. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, where she made many life-long friends.
While at the U of A, Kristin worked as an intern at IBM and met the love of her life, her future husband Kurt Gibson. Their meeting was a great story Kristin loved to retell. They literally bumped into each other, coffee was spilled on Kristin and the rest became a great marriage and partnership. After college and before she married, Kristin spent a year in Madrid studying, traveling, and perfecting her Spanish. Her year in Spain was an everlasting experience.
Kristin and Kurt moved to Connecticut in the early 1980s, initially to Hartford, then to New Canaan/Norwalk, finally settling down in Weston. After 35 years on the East Coast, they returned to Tucson in 2020, to further hone their golf skills, build their dream home, and create new friendships, widening Kristin’s already large circle of friends.
Kristin’s highly successful career in Communications and Public Relations began in New York City in the public relations group at Price Waterhouse. She was soon hired away to become an Account Executive at the global communications agency, Cohn & Wolfe. Combining Kurt’s in-demand design talent with Kristin’s communications/PR savvy, Inergy Group was born in 1992. For almost 30 years the Gibsons offered print, web, social and mobile design, and communications services to clients including Xerox, IBM, General Electric, MBIA, Capital One, Knoll and many more, until their retirement in 2021.
For many years, Kristin was an active member of The Junior League of Stamford Norwalk, Connecticut and volunteered in various capacities. She had a passion for golf and was a member of the Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston, Connecticut and Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Arizona. Kristin was an avid gardener and a talented chef and baker. If you ever tasted her German chocolate cake or smoked ribs, or were the recipient of tomatoes from her garden, you were indeed lucky!
As a breast cancer survivor, Kristin supported and guided many others with their journey through her knowledge and compassion.
A journalist at heart, Kristin was a voracious reader and extremely knowledgeable about current events and politics. Her deep convictions led to engaging and enlightened dinner conversations.
Kristin is survived by her devoted husband, Kurt Gibson (Tucson, Arizona), her siblings Kathleen Keith and Frank Lauinger (Dallas, Texas), Langford Keith III (Ford) (Dallas, Texas), Carol Keith (Tucson, Arizona), nephews Joe Lauinger (Patty) (Dallas, Texas), George Lauinger (Brooklyn, New York), Robert Keith (Fiancé Rachael Phillips)( San Francisco, California) and niece, Lily Keith (Dallas, Texas).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to World Food Programme ~ wfp.org