Catherine Isabell Gibbs


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2008


  Catherine Isabell Gibbs

Catherine Isabell Gibbs

Homer resident Catherine Isabell Gibbs died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, in Anchorage at Providence Alaska Medical Central surrounded by her family and friends. She was 88.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Gibbs was born with her twin sister, Susan Virginia, on Nov. 5, 1919, in Norristown, Pa., to Susan and Fredrick Undercuffler. She married Robert Brown Gibbs on Sept. 26, 1942, and moved to Michigan, where they built a home and raised four children.

Mrs. Gibbs was a homemaker and enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens, as well as playing canasta. Later in life she enjoyed beadwork and painting.

Her husband, Robert, died March 16, 1974. In 1976 she met Herbert Cooper and was with him until his death in 1999. Mrs. Gibbs then moved to Alaska to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She lived in Kotzebue, Anchorage and Homer, where she made many friends and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Gary, in 1983.

Mrs. Gibbs is survived by three children; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; daughters, Sue Connor of Homer and Denise Arnold Dilley and her partner, James Runkel, of Anchorage; son, Hollis Gibbs and daughter-in-law, Heike of Portland Ore.; sons-in-law, Robert Dilley III of Anchorage and Brett Connor of Kotzebue; grandsons, Ken Arnold and his wife, Melinda, and their children, Tayona, Kenny Jr. and Devon, of Anchorage; Kevin Arnold and his daughter, Adriana, of Anchorage, Robert Dilley III of Anchorage, Wade Connor and his partner, Cherissa Wilson, and their children, Keisha and Skyler, of Eagle River, Eric and Timo Gibbs of Portland, Marshall Gibbs and partner, Hope, and their son, Chase, of Belding Mich.; granddaughters, Ellen Dilley of Caldwell, Idaho, and Taya Connor and partner, Mike Florer, of Eagle River; and extended family.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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