Cathy Joy (Bates) Gibbs passed away at home on February 28, 2018, surrounded by her family. Cathy was born to William and Josephine Bates on August 16, 1958, at Dover General Hospital in Dover, New Jersey, the youngest of three daughters. She graduated from Jefferson Township High School in Jefferson, New Jersey in 1976 and married her childhood sweetheart Gary Alan Gibbs on February 12, 1977.
She and Gary dedicated their lives to raising their five daughters. Cathy coached t-ball, cheerleading, and was a Girl Scout leader for many years. Through these activities she influenced the lives of many children and young adults – becoming a “second mom” to many. She also volunteered at Dundee Central School, sewing costumes and assisting with drama productions, serving as a literacy volunteer, and lending a hand wherever one was needed. As her girls grew, she could be found in the stands at soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball games, and cheerleading competitions. She spent hours driving to and from practices. She rarely missed a game, concert, or special event. She gave of herself, her talents, and her time selflessly – something her girls will never forget. She never wanted credit or attention for her contributions, and when any was given, she shied away from the spotlight.
Cathy was employed for many years at Saint Mark’s Terrace in Dundee, where she was a beloved member of the staff. She formed many special relationships with the residents and left a lasting impression by way of her kind and caring heart. She was a talented gardener and loved antiquing and attending local auctions. Known for her sewing and quilting abilities, she fashioned many creative and unique Halloween costumes for her children and grandchildren. Her work ethic was unmatched and her hands were rarely still. She quietly and courageously battled cancer, rarely complaining and often stating, “Still here. Still living.” Indeed, she will live on and be endlessly missed.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Gary and their five daughters: Melissa Gibbs (Michael Warren), Katie Gibbs (Brent Ford), Shannon Gibbs (Howard Harris), Brittany (Sheldon) Gibson, and Ashley (Cody) Clark. Her children were her life’s work and her greatest source of pride. She was a loving and devoted Nana, who adored her grandchildren Patrick (Rachel) Sipley; Emma, Brayden, and Sophia Sipley; Carlie Gibbs-Beattie and Thea Gibbs-Ford; and Ainsley Clark; and great granddaughter Adrienne Sipley. Dear family friend and nurse Christy Buono held a very special place in Cathy’s heart and is a cherished extended member of the Gibbs family. Cathy is also survived by her father and mother, William and Josephine Bates of Wharton, New Jersey; sister Bonnie (Allan) Mangan of Duncanville, Texas; nephew Robert (Kristin) Gibbs II of Virginia; and niece Barbara (Jeff) Dean) of North Carolina; along with countless friends and loved ones.
She was predeceased by a grandson, Charles “Charlie” E. Sipley IV (June 26, 2004); mother-in-law Ann Gibbs (August 19, 2005); sister Joanne Bates Clayton (January 15, 2011); and brother-in-law Robert T. Gibbs III (September 16, 2010).
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to each and every business that donated, and every person who attended the Caring for Cathy Benefit, which overflowed the Dundee American Legion – a testament to the love that surrounded Cathy throughout her battle. In addition, Dr. Richard Moore and his team at Highland Hospital, and the many friends who provided food, well wishes, and prayers to the family during these many months.
There will be no services, as Cathy donated her body to science in hopes of providing important research toward finding a cure for endometrial stromal sarcoma. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be sent to the charity that honors her grandson: Team Charlie, c/o Brittany Gibson, 649 Shannon Corners Road, Dundee, NY 14837.