Memorial services for Irma Jacqueline Gibbs, 87, will be 10 a.m. Thursday in the Asbury United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Randal Richards and the Rev. Tom Riley officiating.
The daughter of the late John D. and Rucine Greer Akers, Irma was born Oct. 15, 1926, in Milo, and passed from this life on April 3, 2014, in a Wilson nursing facility.
She and Cooper Lloyd Patrick were married in 1944, and he preceded her in death in 1970. She then married Burchard E. “Burt” Gibbs on Aug. 30, 1974, and he preceded her in death Feb. 21, 2014.
Irma graduated from Graham High School and worked as a certified nurse aide for nine years at the Hoisington Hospital in Kansas and another 10 years in home health. She was a lady of many talents and a lady who loved her Lord Jesus Christ and her church.
As a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she helped take care of three little girls and a little boy ranging in age from 4 years to 6 weeks old. She made many a lap robe, taking quilt blocks from an inch to eight inches and transforming them into the robes. She was an outstanding cook and baker. She could transform leftovers into a meal fit for a king.
Irma had a green thumb. Her vegetable garden was always overflowing with tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, cantaloupe, cabbage, green onions, radishes and okra. Her flower gardens were such that passersby would stop and admire them. The ladies in the neighborhood would come over to her hobby shop so she could help fix their hair from cut and set to permanents for them.
She could raise a building in nothing flat and salvage the lumber and nails by bucket. She could fell a tree in a heartbeat, strip it and cut it up and haul it off without any help. She was not only a great wife, she was a pal, companion, advisor, counselor, listener, lover and provided the TLC through Burt’s operations and illness.
Irma is survived by a son, Kenneth Patrick, of Hutchinson, Kan.; stepson Dennis Gibbs and wife, Linda, of Alsip, Ill.; stepdaughter Judy Burton and husband, Larry, of Bonita Springs, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a niece, Mickey Hicks and husband, Patrick, of Iola, Kan.; and nephews Clayton Akers of Larned, Kan., and Glen Miller of Texas.
She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Ray Patrick; grandson Todd Patrick; brother J.D. Akers; sister Thelma Miller; and a niece, Jackie Akers.
The family requests that memorials be made to Cross Timbers Hospice, Asbury United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Services and Cremation-With-Care are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorial condolences to the family may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.