Sarah (Medina) Gibson

  • Born: March 2, 1925
  • Died: April 4, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Sarah (Medina) Gibson, 95, of Battle Creek, Michigan died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

She was born March 2, 1925 in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico the daughter of Silverio and Isidra (Feliciano) Medina. Sarah grew up in Santurce, where she was a 1945 high school graduate and attended the University for nursing one year. Sarah came to Battle Creek in 1948 and worked briefly in nursing. Most of her life she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Sarah Medina was united in marriage to Jay W. Gibson May 11, 1948 in Sylvania, Ohio. Sarah was preceded in death by her husband, Jay on March 27, 1995. Surviving are two daughters, Maritza "Marty" (Ronald) Gibson-DeBoer of Battle Creek, Nilda E. (Fernando) Gibson- Guajardo of Galesburg; eight grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, numerous step-grandchildren along with their families; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.

In addition to her husband, Sarah was also preceded in death by a daughter, Delia Gibson Logan; four sisters and two brothers.

Sarah was a member of the former Fort Custer Chapel. She volunteered for the American Red Cross on blood drives; and also at the former Leila Hospital. She enjoyed flowers, camping and traveling, especially to Puerto Rico. She loved music and sang at churches, for weddings and other special occasions. Sarah will be remembered for her singing, laughter, her smile, wit and outgoing personality.

A private family visitation will be held at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Sarah by considering a donation to the American Red Cross, 111 E. Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49014. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Marty & Nilda, my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear mom. May the Lord guard your hearts with His peace that passes all human understanding & comfort you with the wonderful memories of her personality that blessed you throughout her life & yours. I loved my great aunt always & will until I see her again. Thank you for sharing your love. Odette.

Posted by Odette Del Rio - Corinth, TX - Family   May 11, 2020

My wonderful aunt Sarah laughed contagiously sweet w/a lovely smile. She sang holy hymns of praise to God & is now reunited w/her parents, siblings, daughter Delia & husband Jay. When visiting her aunt Juana Brillón & cousin Esther Vega in NYC, what a fun time we had then while sharing delicious foods. Also visiting her mom & sisters in Puerto Rico. She took the first pictures of my older son just hours after his birth. When I was only 3, my grandmother took me to visit her in Battle Creek & we enjoyed a fun time at the Kellogg's place. I delighted picking avocados & mangoes from the tree at my great-grandmothers house, w/Delia, my dear cousin during her younger years. I am sure Delia & Jay were the first to greet my great-aunt Sarah as she entered through the pearly gates in heaven. I love aunt Sarah forever!

Posted by Odette Del Rio - Corinth, TX - Family   May 11, 2020

My most sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Mother.

Posted by Melody Askew - Marshall, MI - Friend   April 11, 2020

Sarah brought so much joy and laughter to everyone lucky enough to know her. Offering condolences to her sweet daughters and entire family. Sending love.

Posted by Terry and Dee Phillips - Battle Creek, MI - Neighbor   April 10, 2020

She was a delight, my dad's (AC Gibson)favorite cousin. May she rest in peace and may her family find comfort in knowing what a wonderful she was.

Posted by Dennis Gibson - Loveland, CO - Family   April 10, 2020

Sarah will be missed. She had a vivacious personality, beautiful smile, contagious laugh and a beautiful singing voice. I remember when I was a child she and her sister would sing duets. She loved and treasured her family above all. Please accept my sympathy in your loss. My love and prayers are with you.

Posted by Barbara Longenbarger - Dundee, MI - Family   April 09, 2020

Marty and Nielda, I'm so sorry for the loss if your mom. She was a great lady that I have so many fond memories of. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Heaven Mrs. Gibson, until we meet again.

Posted by Verna Meneguzzo - Marshall, MI - Friend   April 09, 2020

So very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I remember growing up spending a lot of time with Delia at your house and the amazing Spanish rice with meatballs your Mom would make! She always had a ready smile and was a warm and caring person. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Posted by Karen Walling-Murphy - Fulton, MI - Friend   April 09, 2020

So sorry for your loss.sarah was a wonderful beautiful person inside and out.she was delightful to be around.i so enjoyed working with her on the festival of lights.i will never forget the fun times we had on the festival. Always ready with a smile or hug.i feel blessed to have had her in my life.

Posted by Donna Hazel - Battle creek, MI - Friend   April 07, 2020

Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all

Posted by Beth Ann Gibson Linares - ADRIAN, MI - Family   April 07, 2020