Kathy Tibbs, 68, of Geneva passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022. She was born January 25, 1955, in Fort Wayne to Fred Joseph and Florence “Sue” (Geisler) Bruner, Sr. She was married to her soul mate and the great love of her life, Robert “Bob” Tibbs.
She and her husband built their home to always be open to family and friends, and together served up decades of good memories and delicious food at their family table for all occasions. She created a warm and beautiful home that was spotless and comfortable and always filled with love, generosity and caring and compassion for family and friends. She regularly and without fail attended to all the birds and ducks who came to visit their yard, always filling her birdhouses to the brim with birdseed from her wagon no matter what the weather. Stray cats always could count on something to eat and a box of straw to keep warm from the cold in their welcoming yard.
They loved to travel often with family and friends and enjoyed many years of time together to see places near and far.
She was an artist. She created beauty in all she touched. Her greenhouse was her pride and joy as she nurtured seedlings to prepare them for planting in her yard. No one was more patient than she when it came to watching over and tending to her plants. No one was more proud than she when flowers bloomed everywhere in glorious colors in her yard because of her attentiveness. Little details never escaped her eye as she paid attention to all that most people miss, handing out a kind word and gentle touch, always willing to listen, and never giving up and always hoping for the best for all she loved.
She was a world-class nurse, none finer, and only retired in December 2020 to be able to spend precious time with her beloved husband. In an over 45 year nursing career as a licensed practical nurse that included service at the Caylor-Nickel Clinic and Swiss Village, she cared for people facing all kinds of medical challenges who were fortunate to have her at their bedside. She always knew the right thing to do and say, offering a comforting word and making the right call on how to be of best help and support to her patients. She was a fierce champion nurse advocate for her patients and their families at all times. She graduated from Bellmont High School in Decatur and went on to complete training in Fort Wayne to become a licensed practical nurse. She was destined to be a nurse, always taking care of everyone even from the time when she was a little girl. All in her family were ever grateful for her expertise and caring hands and heart.
She is survived by her husband of Geneva; and sons Jason (Betsy) Chamberlain of Decatur; and Matthew (Jaime) Chamberlain of Bluffton; stepson, Rob Tibbs of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; sister, Karen (Mike) of Indianapolis; 10 grandchildren and their spouses; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Julia Frances Bruner; brother, Fred Joseph Bruner, Jr.; and her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Visitation will be two hours prior to the 7 p.m. memorial service Wednesday, May 18 at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home, 100 N. Washington St., Geneva. Burial will be at the Decatur Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements provided by Downing & Glancy Funeral Home in Geneva. Online condolences may be made at www.glancyfuneralhomes.com.