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Graveside Service: Mary Ruth Green McKibben

Mary Ruth Green McKibben was born on March 31st 1923 in Timpson Texas.  She was the youngest child of Joe John Green and Ruth Blankenship Green.  Mary grew up in Timpson, where she attended the local public schools.  She went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1943, and then attended medical school at the University of Texas at Galveston, graduating with her M.D. in June of 1946.  Mary served her internship at the St. Louis, Missouri City Hospital where she met her future husband, J.W. “Mac” McKibben.  They married in 1947. 


Mac and Mary moved to San Francisco and then to Texas as they continued their medical training and started a family.  In 1954 Mac and Mary and their two children moved to Modesto, California.  Here Mary practiced anesthesiology for the next 34 years at Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 1988.


Mary was an avid traveler and hiker.  She and Mac travelled to many exotic places, including Antarctica and the Far East.  They hiked the base camps of the Himalayas, and climbed Kilimanjaro.  They especially enjoyed hiking in the high Sierras, and Yosemite was always a special place for both of them.


Mary’s husband Mac died in 2004.  By that time, Mary was already suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.    In 2006, Mary was moved to Pasadena, California to be closer to family to facilitate care for her continuously progressing disease.  She died peacefully on April 17, 2015 at the age of 92.


Mary is survived by Two Children and Four Grandchildren.  Her son Frederick McKibben and daughter in law Diane Danis of Pasadena, California, and their children Jeffrey McKibben and Elizabeth McKibben;  her daughter Helen McKibben of Bethesda, Maryland and her children John Rasmussen and Jacob Caffrey. 


Graveside Service will be on April 25, 2015 at 1pm at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson, Texas. 


The McKibben family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.  To send condolences or to sign an online register please visit


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