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Honorable Ann M. Gibbons
  • Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ann to:
  • Mary M. Walsh Scholarship at College of Our Lady of the Elms
    291 Springfield St.
    Chicopee, MA 01013
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  • Jericho
    PO Box 1039
    Holyoke, MA 01041
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  • Dominican Nuns
    Monastery of the Mother of God
    1430 Riverdale Road
    West Springfield, MA 01089

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“Mary and family, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother and grandmother. She was an extraordinary woman and she raised wonderful children....Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Debbie Walsh - Washington DC

“Beannacht de le do anam dilis./ rest in peace. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Padraig sears

“Sending so much love to you Mary and your family and your brothers and their families and all those who loved your mother so very much!!!!! ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Anne Mozingo - York, ME - Friend

“What a lady-May she rest in peace. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Eleanor Johnson Sears

“With Deepest Sympathy, I will miss Ann, we have Shared wonderful times as she sat in the chair to have her Hair done. She was a joy to be with.will...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Lou Martin - Holyoke, MA

“Mary, Eddie, John and Lenny -- Your mom was a great woman. I will always have many great memories of her that include ski trips to Queeche Lakes;...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Paul Moriarty - Holyoke, MA

“Dear Mary, You will all be in our prayers during this difficult time. I saw your Mom recently and had a nice chat with her. She was a remarkable...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Patricia Sullivan Greaney - MA

“Dear Gibbons family:Please accept my sincere condolences as well as those of my father, Paul Shaw. My father owned Highland Service Center where...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Cynthia Shaw - Holyoke, MA

“I remember going to your court room and having you say, "If officer Dufault says you were speeding, you were speeding." Great person in the court...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Officer Robert Dufault - MA


HOLYOKE
Honorable Ann M. (Martin) Gibbons, retired Presiding Justice of the Eastern Hampshire District Court, died peacefully at her home on December 11, 2015. Born on January 3, 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Hannah M. (Devine) and John J. Martin. Her parents emigrated from County Kerry, Ireland and settled in the Hungry Hill section of Springfield. AnnaMae, as she was known to family and childhood friends, grew up with close ties to her aunts, uncles and cousins in America and in Ireland. Judge Gibbons was a graduate of Our Lady of Hope School and Cathedral High School. She received a bachelor's degree from College of Our Lady of the Elms and a master's degree in chemistry from Clark University. She taught chemistry at Regis College and with the Springfield Public Schools. In 1958, she graduated from Western New England College School of Law, the second woman to receive a JD from that institution. She married Attorney Leonard E. Gibbons of Holyoke in 1959 and they practiced law together at Gibbons & Gibbons as they raised their four children. She served as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Holyoke from 1972 to 1977. When Governor Michael Dukakis appointed her to the bench in 1977, she was only the second woman to serve as a judge in Western Massachusetts. She was considered a pioneer and trailblazer for younger professional women, especially those attempting to balance career and family obligations, something she managed with aplomb. Her kindness, generosity and great sense of humor made her a valued mentor to newer female judges and attorneys. After retiring from the bench in 1996, she resumed her law practice with her husband. They were daily communicants at Holy Cross Parish in Holyoke. Following her husband's death in 2003, she continued to practice law with her daughter, assisting clients with legal matters until her death. She was an avid skier, and enjoyed taking the ski train from Boston to North Conway in the 1950's. Later in life, she shared that love with her children on the slopes of Mt. Tom Ski Area in Holyoke. Ann served on many professional and civic boards and committees. She was appointed to the Governor's Select Committee on Court Reorganization, chaired by Archibald Cox and known as the Cox Commission, which led to the 1978 legislation affecting the reorganization of the Massachusetts courts. Governor William Weld appointed her to the Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence. The work of that commission led to the enactment of Mass. General Laws c. 209A and changed the way domestic violence matters were handled by the police and the courts in Massachusetts. Judge Gibbons was district director of the National Association of Women Judges, co-authored Judicial Wellness - A Stress Management Guide for and by Judges, and was on the faculty of the National Judicial College and many state judicial training sessions. She worked on special projects under the U. S. Department of Justice addressing legal services in rural areas, mental health issues of prisoners, and alternative sentencing for women. She was member of the board of trustees of Weston Rehabilitation Associates, a nonprofit corporation for the rehabilitation of women who had been incarcerated or committed for drug addiction or psychiatric treatment. Her other memberships included Quota Club International of Holyoke, Board of Directors for Holyoke Catholic High School, Dunkin' Dames of Northampton Street, Catholic Women's Club, Irish Cultural Center and the Holyoke, Hampden County, Hampshire County and Massachusetts Bar Associations. She was a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a member of the St. Thomas More Society of Hampden County, which honored her with the Outstanding Catholic Jurist Award. Her other awards and honors include: Distinguished Alumna of College of Our Lady of the Elms, Outstanding Alumna of Cathedral High School, Honorary Doctor of Law degree and commencement speaker at College of Our Lady of the Elms, Career Woman of the Year for Holyoke Quota Club. The Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Committee honored Judge Gibbons by naming her Grand Marshal of the 2008 St. Patrick's Parade. Leading The Parade through the streets of Holyoke with her multi-ethnic family was a highlight of her recent years. She continued to be an active member of the Parade Committee until her death. Besides her parents and her husband, Judge Gibbons was predeceased by her brother, Monsignor John P. Martin of the Worcester Diocese, and her sister, Mary M. Walsh, for whom the Mary M. Walsh School in Springfield is named. She is survived by her four children: Mary Gibbons Stevens, and her husband, Christopher, of Kittery, Maine; Captain Edward J. Gibbons (retired, US Coast Guard) and his wife, June, of Moyock, North Carolina; John M. Gibbons, MD and his wife, Simona V. Pautler, MD, of Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania; and Leonard S. Gibbons and his wife, Caroline, of Holyoke; and thirteen grandchildren: Hannah, James, Betelihem and Berhanu Stevens, Sean, Sophie, Dylan, Liam, Nikki, Danni, Ronan, Stephen and Theresa Gibbons. The funeral will be held Saturday at 8:45am from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton St., followed by Mass at Our Lady of the Cross Church at 10:00am. Burial will take place Monday Dec. 21 at 9:00am in St. Michael's Cemetery [St. Thomas Section], 1601 State St. Springfield. Calling hours will be held Friday Dec. 18 from 3:00 to 7:00pm. Donations in her memory may be made to the Mary M. Walsh Scholarship at College of Our Lady of the Elms, 291 Springfield St. Chicopee, MA, 01013, Jericho (Bureau of Exceptional Children and Adults), PO Box 1039, Holyoke MA 01040 and the Dominican Nuns, Monastery of the Mother of God, 1430 Riverdale St. West Springfield 01089.