Monroe County Man Charged with Murder of Senior Citizen

Cecilia Gibson

BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, MI – A previously reported a suspicious death investigation that occurred in the 8800 block of Lewis Avenue in Bedford Township is now being called a homicide with one man in custody.Cecilia Gibson

On Monday, February 17th, 2020, at approximately 3:14 a.m., Monroe County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a single family home regarding a medical situation involving a possible deceased subject. Upon arrival, sheriff’s deputies located one deceased adult inside the living room area of the home.

The victim has been identified as Ms. Cecilia (Nickie) Gibson, 79-years-old, of Temperance, Michigan.

Kenny McBride, 45-years-old, of Temperance, was taken into custody. Homicide related charges were sought by the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office.

79-year-old Nickie Gibson was Kenny McBride’s step-grandmother. She was found in the living room of her home decapitated.

Kenny McBride was formally arraigned in 1st District Court.

McBride was arraigned Wednesday on charges of homicide — open murder and dead body mutilation. He is being held at the Monroe County Jail without bond.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 26 and a preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 4.

Anyone having information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 734-240-7530.

Obituary of Cecilia Gibson

Cecilia Miracle was born in Pineville, Kentucky on March 5, 1940. She was one of eight children. Nickie was the daughter of the late Cecil Miracle and the late Ada (Mason) Miracle.

She married Gerald Bashaw. Later, on August 4, 1962 she married Horace W. Gibson in Monroe. Nickie would care for the needs of her husband and children as a homemaker. She also would spend some time working in the hospitality industry at local bars and restaurants.

Nickie always stayed very busy. She was a Campfire Leader for several years. She was very crafty and loved completing needle point, cross-stitch, sewing, beading, and leather work. Many of her creations were taken and sold at craft shows. Nickie also built furniture, making a special baby bed for Debbie.

Later in life Nickie continued her service to others by assisting seniors. She did errands and household chores including clearing gutters, painting, and cleaning.

Nickie loved family and enjoyed spending time with them. She liked playing Bingo wherever she could and although she never actually won, it was just plain fun! She spent time playing computer games, loved going out to eat, and taking casino bus trips.

She proudly went back to school and earned her diploma in 1987 from Monroe High School.

Cecilia “Nickie” Gibson, age 79, of Temperance passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 17, 2020. In addition to her parents her passing was preceded by her husband: Horace in 1985; a daughter: Deborah Reece in 2019; six siblings: Betty Jane Langton, Geraldine, Mildred Dozier, Modeen Cross, Robert Louis Dozier, Cecil Miracle; and a long-term partner and friend: Bonnie J. St. Aubin on May 30, 2010.

To cherish her memory she leaves three sons: Gerald L. (Diane) Bashaw of Carson City, Nevada, Kemper W. (Ann) Gibson of Wilmington, North Carolina, and BillyJoe T. (Amyee) Gibson of Toledo, Ohio; a son-in-law: Ken Reece of Temperance; a brother: Benjamin L. Dozier of Kissimee, Florida; fifteen grandchildren; and more than twenty great grandchildren.

Friends may gather from 2:00pm-8:00pm on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street (734) 384-5185. A Celebration of Her Life will take place at 11:00am on Monday, February 24, 2020 also at Merkle’s with Pastor Roy Southerland officiating. Burial will take place at Bedford Memorial Cemetery.

Due to Nickie’s love for animals, memorials are suggested to SNAP animal Rescue. Online guest may visit www.merklefs.com.

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