Addiction is now a regular part of today’s news, but in the late 70’s when Wendy Ann Gibbs, born July 22, 1963, started her path with substance abuse little was known about the devastating, and sadly for her and her family, lifelong effects of it all. Wendy, a 1981 Buchtel graduate, had a huge heart which finally gave out on December 23, 2020 from a long expected overdose.
Predeceased by her parents, Clyde and Jean Gibbs; infant sister, Mary Louise Gibbs; and her brother, Clyde Gibbs, she leaves behind a family who hoped their love and care for her could have won out over her addictions, including her brother, Keith (Kim) Gibbs; sisters, Donna (William) Swaney and Diane (George) Sarkis; sister-in-law,, Sherry Gibbs; nephews, Sean (Cindy) Gibbs, Brandon (Lauren) Gibbs, Christopher (Jessie) Sarkis, and Benjamin Sarkis; nieces, Megan (Dan) Cavanaugh, Heather (Ben) Cooper, Amanda (Tony) Wagner, and many great-nephews and great-nieces who never had the chance to know her.
Wendy also leaves friends and acquaintances from sober living but more from the world of substance abuse, most of whom will never be known to her family. Addiction is a family disease, and Wendy’s resulted in much loss and sadness for them all. If anything positive came from Wendy’s years of drug abuse it is that her nephews and nieces saw the devastating impact of what it did to their Aunt and by the grace of God none of them ever followed in her path. May Wendy at last be at peace, free from the mighty hold her addiction had on her for most of her life.
Due to COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date.