Allen Orton Gibbs was born in Alabama, and was a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory of Music (now the Music Department of Birmingham-Southern College), where she later became a member of the faculty. An organist and pianist, for many years she was organist at McCoy United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Her compositions include works in a variety of genres: choral anthems, organ works, vocal solos, hymn tunes, and music for handbells. Most of her compositions were written for her own use, or for friends and colleagues (Raymond Anderson, Hugh Thomas, Sam Batt Owens), or to fulfill commissions. Her complete organ works are published by Zimbel Press, and her choral works, many unpublished until now, are gradually being added to the St. James Music Press catalog.