Hilda Best Gibson

Wednesday, March 30, 1932 - Monday, June 8, 2020

Always Caring for Others

Photo of Hilda Best Gibson  - 1932-2020

Hilda Best Gibson, age 88, our beloved “Mama Who” was carried home by the angels during the peaceful morning hours of Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Hilda was born March 30, 1932 in Haywood County to the late William Crawford Best and the late Essie Hill Best.  She was blessed with a large and loving family of 12 brothers and sisters.  Hilda was a devoted homemaker and enjoyed gardening, often sharing her delicious jelly and homegrown canned vegetables with her family and her many friends. She was a lady who was a blessing to everyone. Her heart runneth over with immeasurable love for her family and her multitudes of friends.  Hilda was instrumental in the development of the Haywood Vocational Opportunities Program located in Waynesville which provides vocational training designed to strengthen and develop individual’s abilities.  This was an important endeavor in Mrs. Gibson’s life which has made a difference in the lives of many in our community.  With her giving heart Hilda also devoted many years of caring for special needs patients privately within her home.  Mrs. Gibson was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Crabtree.  Hilda our loving “Mama Who” was like a glowing light in the darkest moments of many people’s lives.  The joy and happiness that she brought to each of us will never be forgotten.  We shall miss her deeply.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Angie Ford; her grandson, Bryan Stockton; her brothers, Willard, Max, Ken, Pete, Earl, Ernest, Joe, and Junior; her sisters, Eva Lilly Ferguson, and Denise Best; and also her very close friend that she loved as a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Logan. 

Surviving are her daughter, Pam Stockton and her husband David of Canton; her son-in-law, Bruce Ford of Clyde; a granddaughter-in-law, Ronda Stockton of Canton; grandchildren, Shane Stockton and  Melanie of Canton, Tonie Nickoson of Canton, Stacey Delancey of Canton, Alex Ford and Caroline, Andria Richardson and Matt of Waynesville; great-grandchildren, Brooklynn Stockton, Jordan Stockton, Bailey Stockton, Ivalee Richardson, Davis Richardson and Eli Ford; her sisters, Edna Lentz of Waynesville and Louise McSwain of Mooresville; and many dear friends that loved her fondly.

Mrs. Gibson’s family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Silver Bluff Village for the wonderful care that they gave to Hilda each and every day and for loving her just like their family.    

A celebration of life service to remember and honor the life of Mrs. Gibson will be held and announced at a later date.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the family of Hilda Gibson.

Condolences from family and friends

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time
Pisgah High Class of 1975
A life well-lived, that was Hilda. Always thinking of others. She certainly led an example of what it means to follow the teachings of Jesus. And, you sweet Pam have followed in her footsteps. Some of the stars we see in the sky died millions of years ago, and yet we still see their light today. So it is with Hilda. Her spirit will shine on, in spite of her death. The pain will diminish but not the light. God bless and keep you always.
Juanita Dixon
So sorry for the families loss. She was a wonderful person and I loved caring for her at Silverbluff.
Marcia Queen
Prayers for all of Hilda’s family and friends. I spent a lot of my childhood growing up around Hilda and her family. There were many, many precious memories with Hilda, Denise, and Angie on Crabtree. Since leaving Haywood County I have thought about them often. My sincerest condolences to every one of you. She was always a very special lady and impacted so many lives.
Frank Cope
I'm sorry for the loss of this beautiful woman.
Will always remember Mama Who as long as I walk the earth! God broke the mold when he made her! Much love to the entire family!
Michael Conard
Hilda was one of the sweetest and kindest people I know. She is a person you can never forget. Condolences to the family.
Mike and Brenda West
Hilda was such a wonderful special lady. She was a part of so many people's lives. So sorry for the loss of this wonderful lady! Loved and missed by many. She was a special friend to my mom. Prayers to the family.
Lyla Smith
I had the pleasure of knowing her at HVO and silver bluff. She was a very sweet lady. And always had a smile. Rest in peace sweet lady
Robin Thomas
I loved your momma,so much,and it was a great pleasure to care for her. So sorry for your loss prayers and love for you and your family.
Crystal Bryant
Pam, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom passing. She was a special lady loved by all!!!! I’m praying for you and the family.
Marie Trantham
Pam and family, our hearts were broken to hear of Aunt Hilda’s passing. We are so grateful we could spend wonderful time with her and Santa during Christmas. We will always remember her kindness and humor. She always left you feeling happy. We know she is surely enjoying a beautiful reunion with those who have gone before. Her memory will always live in our hearts. Pam, you have been so strong for the last few years. We know it’s hard. Please know that we love you and if there is anything we can do it would be our pleasure. All our love to you and the family.
Betty Jo Best, Kathie McGimsey
Pam, I love Mrs. Hilder with all my Heart. She had a way with touching you, and making every thing all right. Sweet and all ways giving of her self. She taught you well, to be strong and you are just outstanding. Please call if we can help in anyway. Sarah
Sarah Shade
We are thinking of the family with much love and sympathy during this difficult time.
David and Judy Russell
my prayers and thoughts to the family and friends .it was a pleasure wotking for miss hilda at silver bluff as her laundry and houskeeper she will ve dearly missed
sherri rodreques
I have many happy memories of Hilda and her family, having grown up just a short distance up Liner Creek Road from them. She was always so cheerful and had a real sense of humor, and she never shied away from hard work. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Valaree and Thad Crawford
Valaree Crawford
Prayers for all of you ! Sorry for the loss of your loved one !!!
Ginger Jones /Alan Jones