Joyce Blomquist Gibbes, 89, of Ridgeland died Wednesday, July 9, 2014. A memorial service was held July 14 at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Fr. Jeffery W. Reich officiating. Mrs. Gibbes was a native of Port Gibson. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Mississippi and earned Master's degrees from Columbia University and from the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in higher education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in May of 2004, at the age of 79.

She was presented a Lifelong Learning Award from the Department of Educational Leadership and Research, USM College of Education and Psychology in 2004.
Her professional career included positions as classroom teacher, guidance counselor, Dean of Women at Millsaps College, Headmistress at St. John's Day School, Laurel, and adjunct professor at USM. Her university affiliations included Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Lambda Theta, Delta Delta Delta, and Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. Mrs. Gibbes had been a member of the American Personnel and Guidance Association, the National Association of Women Deans and Counselors, the Mississippi Committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Board of Directors, Mississippi School Boards Association. She was featured in the 1959/60 edition of Who's Who in Education and in the 1964/65 edition of Who's Who in American Women. Mrs. Gibbes was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Laurel Municipal Separate School District from 1978 to 1983, serving as president for four years. She served her church in various responsibilities, including being a Vestry member. She was a Life Associate member of the Laurel Junior Auxiliary, a member of Nahoula Chapter of the DAR, and the Laurel Garden Club. She was a former member of the Laurel Arts League, the Board of Governors of the Laurel Country Club, the Board of Trustees of the Laurel-Jones County Library, and served as State Treasurer of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Mississippi. Mrs. Gibbes was a member of the High Noon Club and was a parishioner of St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral. Mrs. Gibbes was predeceased by her husbands, Roy Foote Watson, Sr., and C. Denton Gibbes, Jr., and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wheeless Blomquist. She is survived by her one daughter, Cynthia Watson Calvert (Ellis) of Orange Beach, Ala.; four sons, C. Denton Gibbes III (Laura) of Jackson; John P. Gibbes (Donna); Michael T. Gibbes (Carol); and Roy F. Watson, all of Laurel; a sister, Sarah Ann Chauvin and her husband Richard of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Carl W. Blomquist and his wife Sharlene of Brandon, Fla.; and eight grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial gifts may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, or the DCH Foundation Help and Hope Fund, Tuscaloosa, Ala.