Teralyn Gibson is no stranger to volunteering or wanting to see the city of Canton prosper. Much of her life she has watched her parents and grandparents devote time and energy to the city and instilled in her a desire to do the same.
Born in Grand Saline, Texas, Mrs. Gibson moved with her parents to Canton and then to College Station, Texas, while her father obtained his degree at Texas A&M University. The family then moved to El Paso, Texas, and then to the Marshallese Islands, located in the northern Pacific Ocean. At the age of six, Mrs. Gibson’s family returned to Canton where she was reared in the city her parents love.
Wade and Beth Whitaker, Mrs. Gibson’s parents, played a large part in starting the Autumn Stroll in Canton and Mrs. Gibson has always been very fond of, and involved in, the event that means so much to her family. She also has special memories of being part of the 100th year anniversary of Canton First Monday Trade Days. Mrs. Gibson is a third generation member of the Women’s League, previously known as the Wednesday Study Club, and has served as both treasurer and historian for the League.
Mrs. Gibson graduated from Canton High School, one of the first students to graduate in just three years, and earned her bachelor of education degree from The University of Texas in Tyler, graduating summa cum laude. She was certified to teach ages three years to eighth grade, and taught at Canton Elementary School for more than 10 years. Since retiring in 2006, Mrs. Gibson has been a substitute teacher and assists with Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) testing. Throughout her teaching career with the Canton Independent School District, she served on various school committees concerning campus development, as well as district committees for student and academic guidelines. Mrs. Gibson and her husband, Chris, married in 1976. They have four adult children, Christalyn, Lynzie, Andrea, and Mark, and 10 grandchildren, to whom they give much attention. The Gibsons are members of First Baptist Church of Canton where Mrs. Gibson taught Sunday school in the youth department for more than 10 years.
Aside from teaching and family, Mrs. Gibson enjoys camping, four wheeling, and being outdoors with her grandchildren. However, her greatest past-time is attending estate sales and auctions with her husband, Chris.
Mrs. Gibson has devoted much of her life to community and volunteer service, and strives to see traditions carried on in the city of Canton. Her charismatic smile and her warm, friendly conversation will leave you smiling. Mrs. Gibson is certainly a person that makes a difference in our community.