Brenda Kaye Gibbs, 72, of Lithia, Fla., passed peacefully into heaven
on Jan. 21, 2021, with her loving family at her side. She was a former
resident of Greencastle, Ind., and Mount Vernon, Ohio.
She was a kind, loving and generous mother and mamaw who put
her family first. She always said her seven grandsons were the light of her
world. She was an excellent cook and baker.
Brenda was born on Feb. 18, 1948, in Greencastle to Mary Lucille
(Morgan) and Emmett George Sutherlin. She was a 1966 graduate of
Reelsville High School and a member of Big Walnut Baptist Church.
She married Larry Gibbs, her classmate at Reelsville, on June 30,
1967. Although they divorced after 21 years of marriage, they remained
Brenda retired from the State of Ohio’s Mount Vernon
Developmental Center where she lovingly cared for residents for 17 years.
She is survived by her son, Andy (Craig) Gibbs of Lithia; daughters
Lori (Kris) Porter of Ontario, Ohio, and Kari (Jon) Johnson of Lithia;
grandsons Luke Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Evan Johnson and Joel
Johnson, twins Alex and Will Porter and Ethan Pederson; her twin sister
Sheila (Jim) O’Brien of Bainbridge and sisters Wilma Holsapple of
Cloverdale and Joyce Hutcheson of Greencastle; her former mother-in-
law Betty Gibbs of Greencastle, with whom she remained very close, and
several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ray
Sutherlin; sisters Beverly Haltom Trumbo, Sue Salsman Lucas, Kathy
Sutherlin and infant Lavonna Mae Sutherlin; nieces Christina Gibbs and
Wendy Rector and nephews Jeff Holsapple and Mike Holsapple.
A celebration of Brenda’s life will be held in the spring. In lieu of
flowers, the family suggests donations in Brenda’s memory to your local
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