Tina Gwydline "Gwen" Stockton was born September 15, 1927 in Odell, Texas to Andrew and Tina Mae (Frazier) Stockton. As a child, Gwen grew up on the Red River, graduating from Quanah High School in 1944, before enrolling in business school in Dallas. Gwen then took a job in Borger, Texas as a bookkeeper for the newspaper. In her own words, "that is where she met the love of her life." On June 8, 1947, she married Ernest James "Bud" Doffer, and began a family. Bud and Gwen welcomed daughter Sara, followed by a son, Matt, and a second daughter Sally. Gwen worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Company during these years, teaching sewing classes. In 1964, she completed cosmetology school and went to work as a hair stylist owning and operating Gwen Doffer's House of Beauty in El Paso, Texas.
In 1971, Gwen married George Gibson, gaining two more sons, George and Bob. After retiring from full-time work, George and Gwen enjoyed traveling and fishing, playing Skip Bo, and loved the company of many extended family members and friends. Gwen was creative and artistic, talents she exhibited through painting, floral design, knitting, and as a stylist. She was also an excellent seamstress. "Grandma" loved to dance; she loved hummingbirds, collecting dolls, turtles, flowers, and fashion.
Gwen passed peacefully on December 24, 2017 and is preceded in death by her parents, and husbands Bud Doffer and George Gibson, Sr. Survivors include her children, Sara Manion and husband Lans of Roswell, Matt Doffer of Midland, Texas, Sally Doffer-Heasley and husband Brett of Houston, Texas, and step-sons George R. Gibson and wife Donna of El Paso, Texas and Bob Gibson and wife Shan of Houston, Texas and sister Penny Hicks. Gwen is also survived by eight grandchildren, Dusty (Mark) Lewis, George (Erin) Gibson, III, Jennifer (Greg) Burtin, Sammy (Tina) Gibson, Corbin Doffer, Claire Doffer, Ben Heasley, and Barrett Heasley, and nine great- grandchildren.
Just like the flowers she always wore, Gwen was a bright spot in any room. She will forever be remembered as a larger-than-life personality and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
"That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind."- William Wordsworth
A Memorial Service will be at, Ballard Funeral Home in the Chapel on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2pm.
Pastor Mark Green will be officiating.