Doris “Perk” Gibbs Elam, 88, of Hot Springs passed away July 31, surrounded by her family.
Born July 29, 1924 in Hot Springs, she was the daughter of Clara and Ira R. Gibbs. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Hot Springs for most of her life. “Perk” loved her circle, working the Bargain Box, and served as a church deacon. A charter member of the Forum Club, she loved playing bridge, telling and hearing funny jokes. She retired from Worthen Bank where she worked in the installment loan department and was a branch assistant manager. She loved her family and possessed a wonderful sense of humor.
Doris was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband Martin H. Elam; her parents, Clara and Ira Gibbs; four brothers, John Gibbs, Jimmy Gibbs, Fred Gibbs and Bill Gibbs; and three sisters, Sally Ramoly, Idell Brooks and Jenece Watts.
She is survived by two daughters, Marty Elam Walker of Hot Springs and Janis Elam Dixon of Benton; one sister, Nadine Lotz of Hot Springs; seven married grandchildren, Traci (Michael) Hogue, of Little Rock, Chris (Laura) Walker, of Bryant; Jayme (Jennifer) Dixon, Danny (Mia) Dixon, Aaron(Kelly) Dixon, Dr. Jared (Emberlee) Dixon and Joseph (Melanie) Dixon, all of Benton; 22 great-grandchildren; and dozens of nieces and nephews who called her “Aunt Perkie."
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs with the Rev. Lacy Sellers officiating Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hot Springs.
Serving as pallbearers are her six grandsons, Jayme, Danny, Aaron, Jared and Joseph Dixon and Chris Walker.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 3, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Presbyterian Church, 213 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71901, or to Arkansas Hospice, 628 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71901.
Online guestbook: www.caruth-hale.com .
Family notes:The family expresses its deepest gratitude to Lakewood Nursing Home, where Doris resided for the last 15 years of her life, and to its outstanding staff, as well as to Arkansas Hospice for the sensitive and caring efforts on Doris’ behalf.