In memory of
Joyce C. Gibb June 10, 1932 - December 24, 2019 OKLAHOMA CITY Joyce "Oma" Gibb On Dec. 24, we lost the best Mother, adviser and friend. Her passing was filled with peace, much laughter and many tears. She was surrounded with the closest of friends and family either in person or via cell phone chats from halfway around the globe. She spent time with her spiritual/ religious advisers and was the recipient of Buddhist monks who chanted for her safe journey to the next level. Though we are saddened by our loss, Oma was very much at peace and accepting of her mortality. She had an amazing long life, and she touched so many people with her kindness and caring soul. You will be missed Mom. We love you! Joyce was born in Chicago in 1932, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Cleave. The family then moved to Los Angeles in the early 1940s. An outstanding high school student, Joyce garnered a scholarship to Pomona College in Southern California. She had many fond memories of her time at Pomona, especially singing in their Glee Club. Continuing her education, Joyce earned her graduate degree at Stanford University. While at Stanford, she met David Gibb; after they graduated, Joyce and Dave were married. The young couple lived in the San Francisco Bay area, where Joyce started her career as a homemaker raising their two young children, Blake and Molly. The family moved back to Southern California, Santa Barbara, in the mid '60s. Joyce became involved in public education and civic organizations; she was a founding member of the Santa Barbara Headstart program, PTA president at her children's elementary school, moving on to becoming president of the Santa Barbara County school board; Joyce was also president of the Junior League of Santa Barbara. Later Joyce enjoyed a career as a Real Estate Broker, small retail business owner and a massage therapist. Not one to rest, Joyce received a second graduate degree from The Pacifica Institute in counseling. Joyce eventually moved to Ellensburg, WA, where she enjoyed her grandchildren, her dogs and the outdoors, settling in Oklahoma in 2002, again to be with her grandchildren. Joyce became very active in the church at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral; she also participated with the Canterbury Choir, going back to her Glee Club roots, participating in many concerts at the civic center. Later, living at Quail Ridge Assisted Living Center, Joyce enjoyed a glass of white wine at happy hour, and played many tough games of Scrabble. Joyce is survived by her daughter, Molly Gibb; son and daughter-in-law, Blake & Kathy Gibb; grandchildren, William and his wife Maria, David, and Olivia; nephews and niece, Arthur and Richard Carlson and Linda Kersh. The Eucharist service will be Wednesday Jan. 15, 3 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7th in Oklahoma City 73102. In lieu of flowers, Joyce asked that donations be made to The National Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation and The Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma.
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