Karen Gibson
Karen Gibson
  • January 10, 1943 - October 11, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Karen Gibson passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October 11, 2017. She as born in New Orleans, La., on January 10, 1943, to Roma DeLucas Gibson and Wilson Harold Gibson. She lived a full and dynamic life by her own rules. She took great pride and pleasure in her roles as a loving mother and a caring therapist.

She attended Sacred Heart, Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and obtained her PhD at International College in Los Angeles. She wrote her doctoral thesis on the absence of ritual in modern life and its negative impact on the personal and universal psyche. Throughout her life, she attempted to make space for ritual in her own life and foster ritual in the lives of others.

In Boise, Idaho, where she raised her daughter and practiced therapy for 25 years, she founded a Moon Lodge for women to create ritual together each month. She also studied under several Nez Perce elders, one of whom built a sweat lodge for her in the back yard and gave her permission to host regular sweats for non-natives. She also spent many years doing post-doctoral work to become a licensed Jungian analyst and was active in The Jung Society for many years.

After her daughter graduated from high school in Boise, she decided it was time to return home to New Orleans to be with family and was happy that she got to end life where she began it, in her beautiful and beloved hometown. She continued her work as a therapist here in New Orleans until just two years ago, when she retired after a lifetime of supporting and guiding clients through whatever in life challenged them.

She was predeceased by her parents Roman DeLucas Gibson and Wilson Harold Gibson. She is survived by her daughter, Amy Gibson Robertson, her sisters Roma Gibson-King and Michelle Bass, her brother-in-law Charlie King, and many nieces and nephews. She was a loving and inspiring woman who will be missed by many. Anyone whose life she touched is invited to join the family at her funeral. There will be a mass at Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall at Loyola University on Monday, October 23, 2017. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Family Service of Greater New Orleans to continue her legacy of lovingly helping the emotional health of individuals and families in the greater New Orleans area (fsgno.org); to the NATIFS – North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (natifs.org) to bring greater health and revitalize food traditions in the Indigenous communities she loved; or to Planned Parenthood to support her lifelong mission of empowering women through education and healthcare access.