Ernestine Catherine Gibbs

November 17, 2013
Ernestine Catherine Gibbs


Ernestine ” Tina ” Catherine Gibbs of Leland, NC, and formerly of Raleigh, NC, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2013, at the age of 68, after a 6 month battle with lung cancer.

Mrs. Gibbs was born on July 22, 1945, in Yonkers, NY, to the late Louis and Mary Bianco. Ernestine graduated in 1963 from Preston High School in the Bronx and studied liberal arts at Bronx Community College. She also studied dental hygiene for a few years and worked at a practice in Manhattan. A few years after getting married in 1971, she became a stay at home mom until the mid 90s. She went back to work in the medical field for 10 years before retiring to the beach with her husband Robert. She enjoyed traveling with friends and family, reading, bowling, cards and crocheting. She was very involved in her Westport community and also in events in the area. She was best known for her sweet, loving, caring heart and she will greatly be missed.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Robert “Bob” Gibbs; sons, Jonathan and Joseph Gibbs; daughter, Jennifer and husband, Mark; and her granddaughter, Samantha. She is also survived by her brother, Michael, and wife, Josephine, nieces, Joanne (and Jerry) Demarco, Michele (and Roy) Heckmann, nephew, Louis Bianco and great nieces. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Barbara and husband, John Turpie; nephews, Michael (and Monica) and Jonathan (and Donna) Turpie, and great nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank all our family and friends and the entire staff at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter for their love and support over the last week. Donations may be made on their website in memory of Ernestine to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401, or donate to the library she loved, Friends of the Leland Library, c/o Leland Library, 487 Village Rd NE, Leland, NC, 28451.

The family will receive friends from 5-8pm on Wednesday, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • November 17, 2013
    Amanda Frye Kuhn says:
    I was a high school friend of Joe and spent most of my free time in the Gibbs' basement. His mom was a wonderful lady who always made me feel welcome. I am so sorry for this loss. Sending my sincerest condolences and prayers for peace and healing. Amanda

  • November 19, 2013
    Richard&Erika McCallum says:
    We will always remember you fondly miss "Pat". I'm sorry we couldn't see you one more time.

  • November 20, 2013
    George Lynch says:
    We met Tina when Bob started dating her around 1970. Spent many a relaxing afternoon together. She will be missed terribly.

  • November 20, 2013
    Alesia Perry says:
    Jon, My deepest sympathies are with you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Alesia Perry (IBM)

  • November 19, 2013
    Heidi Lynch says:
    Love and hugs to the entire family. I called her Aunt Tina because even though we weren't blood related, she was family to me. You will be missed terribly. Condolences, Heidi Lynch