Alberta Faye Gibbs
Alberta Faye Gibbs
  • August 28, 1942 - November 19, 2017
  • Phoenix, Arizona

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In Memory of
Alberta "Bert" Faye Gibbs (Cornelius)
August 28, 1942 - November 19, 2017

Alberta Faye Gibbs, 75, lived a very joyful life. Born in Oneida KY in 1942, Bert was the oldest of five children of the late James Virgil Cornelius and Rosa Lee (Couch) Cornelius. She passed away after a short battle with uterine cancer.

Bert and Walter Gibbs were married March 10, 1962 and had 52 years together until Walter's death in 2014.

Alberta will however always be remembered most for how much she loved her family. She
leaves precious memories to her three children and grandchildren, Kevin (Carolyn) of Vancouver, WA, Son: their children Niccole (Matt), Leslee, Jackie, Son: Todd (Vicki) their children Brent, Bryce, David and Jen, Grandchildren: Caitlyn and Cayden, Son: Aaron (April) their children Baylor and Gaige.

Bert is also survived by a sister Patti (Richard) and brothers Jim (Emily), Bob (Carol), and Darrell (Vicki), as well as many Ohio nieces and nephews, and many Arizona nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Bert was active in high school being in the band (clarinet), singing with the Harmonettes to name a few. After high school, she graduated from Riggs Le Mar Beauty College, Akron, Ohio. She worked for several hair salons in the Barberton, Ohio area. But in 1973, the family moved to Phoenix, AZ starting a new adventure. Bert became co-owner of a very successful hair salon (Beautique Salon) until the early 90's at which time she and her clients went to Continental Hair. (Bert worked as a hairdresser until August of this year.) She not only saw her customers as clients but as good friends. Although she lived in Phoenix, she made it a point to come back to Ohio for many family celebrations and the Chippewa High School class reunions (where she remained very close to her classmates).

Alberta was diligent at her church where she joyously sang in the choir. She chaired many church events (heading the outdoor Charles Dickens Christmas program.repaired, created and sewed period costumes), decorated the church for holidays and banquets, and feeding the homeless were just some of the activities she enjoyed doing for her church. Bert's interests over the years besides her family were ceramics, choir, quilting, boating, and bible study.

Bert truly never met a stranger. Her beautiful smile, the bluest eyes, and genuine warmth were hard to resist. She was always ready with a kind, encouraging word, and attentive ear. Alberta touched the lives of everyone whoknewher. She will be very sadly missed, but will remain a beacon in our hearts forever!

A Celebration of Life service will be Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1 p.m., The First Christian Church, 6750 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013 with Pastor Chuck Foreman officiating.

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