Frances Elizabeth Gibson Loose of Keswick, 86, died on the Eve of The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, January 5, 2018. She was born June 13, 1931 at the Martha Jefferson Hospital. She was the daughter of Nellie Mary Gibson and Arthur Gibson of Ivy. She was the owner of Tuel Jewelers on the Downtown Mall, a smart business lady, a loving mom and grandmother, and a devoted wife. She loved her family and her community. She was a God fearing woman and a great believer in prayer. At one time in her life she considered becoming a nun. She instilled those values in her family and she showed God’s love in her interaction with those she met. Many called her Mom, “Mom Tuel,” “Momma Loose,” Queen of the Mall, but all called her their friend. She was married to Hermann Loose for 56 years until his death in 2017. She was predeceased by her sister, Louise Haney, and her husband, Milton, her brothers, William Gibson and his wife, Alma, Luther Gibson, and Verley Gibson and her sister in-law, Doralis Loose Rufenacht, and her husband, Willie. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Loose DeViney and her husband, John, and Frieda Loose-Wagner and her husband, Michael, and two grandsons, Hunter and Tyler, whom she loved very much. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Nancy Gibson and Peggy Gibson. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Hermann Rufenacht, Wick Rufenacht, and Hans-Peter Rufenacht, Brenda Vest and Michael Haney, David Gibson, Donald Gibson, Dennis Gibson, Terry Gibson Morris, and Tracey Gibson McDonald, Sherri Gibson Perry, and Larry Gibson and Kelly Gibson. William DeViney and Sara DeViney and their families, and the many friends she leaves behind. She graduated from Meriwether Lewis High School in Ivy in 1950, where she played basketball and was the pitcher for the softball team. She and the girls called themselves the “Gas House Gang.” She attended night school at Jefferson Business School for bookkeeping. She received certificates from Jewelers of America (JA) and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She began to work at McCrory’s Five and Dime at the Candy Counter, and then was hired by Diana Shops where she was involved in sales and fashion merchandising, later traveling across the Commonwealth setting up new stores. She was hired as the bookkeeper for Tuel Jewelers in 1953. In 1975, she became the owner. She operated the retail jewelry, watch and jewelry repair with her daughters and later with her grandsons. She engraved and restrung pearls until she broke her wrist, and waited on customers until Parkinson’s Disease prevented her from walking on her own. She still came dressed for business every day and greeted each customer from her desk, as soon as the bells rang on the door. Her smile and friendly hello will be silent. Her family will continue to operate the store in the same manner in which she would have insisted. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Credit Women International, Apple Harvest Festival (current Dogwood Festival) Albemarle Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Association, Downtown Business Alliance, American Legion Auxiliary, a fellow Parliamentarian, Business and Professional Women and enjoyed bowling with her husband in the Guys and Dolls League. She was Baptized, Confirmed and Married at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Ivy, where she was the Altar Guild Directress and an active member of the Episcopal Church Women. After her marriage, she became a member of Grace Episcopal Church-Cismont serving on the Altar Guild, Episcopal Church Women, a Sunday School Teacher and St. Margaret’s Guild. She enjoyed attending St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Simeon, Christ Episcopal Church in Gordonsville, and Calvary Baptist Church at the Woolen Mills, and later in Charlottesville with her sister. Pallbearers were, John DeViney, Donald Gibson, Michael Haney, Hunter Loose, Michael Wagner, and Tyler Wagner. Honorary pallbearers, All the Delivery Folks she called “Zip.”
A Service of the The Burial of the Dead wase held January 9 at Grace Episcopal Church- Cismont in Keswick. Interment followed at Monticello Memory Gardens. In addition to flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church-Cismont, P.O. 43, Keswick, VA 22947.
Condolences may be made to her family at www.hillandwood.com.