Here’s the story of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls. And here’s the story of a man named Gibson, who was bringing up three girls and a son of his own. They’d both spent their lives in education — teaching and learning — but they were all alone.
Then one day, more than two decades ago, they met at an education conference and exchanged telephone numbers. Though it took him months to call her back, they knew it was much more than a hunch.
"I was dating a different lady at the time,” Glenn Gibson said. "But I knew she was moving to Georgia over spring break. After that, I called Evelyn.”
And that’s the way they became the Gibson bunch. Unlike TV’s iconic 1970s sitcom "The Brady Bunch,” the Gibson version didn’t include a housekeeper named Alice, and it included only five children, because two of the group had grown to adulthood. But a tightly bound family did spring from this second chance at lasting love.
Glenn, who dabbled for a while selling insurance, has worked most of his life as an educator and coach in Oklahoma, Michigan and Germany. He once was basketball coach at Langston University. But he’s not the only coach in the family.
"Evelyn was a coach, too,” he said. "She coached high school football years ago as well as basketball.”
It’s no surprise once you learn Evelyn’s brother was the well-known high school basketball coach Charles Davis, who guided Classen High School to a state runner-up finish and won the first two state basketball titles in John Marshall High School history.
Evelyn, now a guidance counselor for Oklahoma City Public Schools, is in her 43rd year as an educator. Glenn retired five years ago, due in great part to his health.
"Probably the biggest challenge we’ve had in our marriage has been Glenn’s health,” Evelyn said. "He’s survived eight heart attacks.”
Evelyn said trust and family support has gotten them through it. That trust and support was earned. The blended family has stuck together through success, failure, good times and grave. The Gibsons brought both of their mothers into their homes as their health failed, to ensure they spent their waning years surrounded by loved ones.