Date Honored: January 2010
Alice Burke Gibson was 88 when she died and had, for the last twenty of those years, been in love with giraffes. We don’t remember when it began, but one day in her seventies I noticed a number of giraffes around her house. All sizes made from wood, ceramics, metal, and of course, stuffed giraffes. She wore giraffe earrings, necklaces, scarves, and pins. She had giraffe stationary and cards. We knew for any occasion, a giraffe would be a welcome gift. In her late eighties, we took her to see the new giraffe area at the zoo. She grinned for days about those beautiful beasts. “They are so elegant and graceful – and serene!” Her large collection of giraffes was displayed at the Medallion Retirement Center in the last months of her life, and she couldn’t have been prouder. She got that grin every time she passed through the lobby. To honor her, we all wore giraffe jewelry to the memorial service – we imagine she grinned then, too.
~ Sheila and Frank Helm