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Wife of Murrieta Councilman Succumbs to Cancer

Kathy Gibbs died Wednesday at home in Murrieta, with husband Rick Gibbs by her side, according to a city news release.

Murrieta City Councilman Rick Gibbs is pictured with wife, Kathy, at a charity event in May 2012. (Patch file photo/Maggie Avants)
Murrieta City Councilman Rick Gibbs is pictured with wife, Kathy, at a charity event in May 2012. (Patch file photo/Maggie Avants)

Kathy Gibbs, wife of Murrieta City Councilman and Immediate Past Mayor Rick Gibbs, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer.

"...After 124 days in a hospital setting, Kathy Gibbs returned home for 3 days before she succumbed to pancreatic cancer," according to a news release issued by Nancy Driggers, assistant to City Manager Rick Dudley.

"Kathy died peacefully in her sleep with her son, one of five grandsons and her husband by her side," Driggers wrote.

A viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Evans Brown Mortuary, 27010 Encanto Dr. in Sun City. 

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at St. Martha Catholic Church, 37200 Whitewood Road in Murrieta.

The Gibbs' family requests donations in lieu of flowers to The Lustgarten Foundation, a pancreatic cancer research center. The Foundation website with links to information and donating is www.Lustgarten.org

"It was a very long time since last July 22 when all this started," Councilman Gibbs said Thursday. "But Kathy is at peace and pain free now."

Just my opinion December 12, 2013 at 08:31 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Rick and all of her children. This is a very sad day for the Gibbs family. May she find everlasting peace in heaven.
Jana Johnson December 13, 2013 at 12:17 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the Gibbs family.
Marilyn Hahn December 14, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Rick, Jen and all the Gibbs family: Please accept our sympathy at this difficult time. Be strong, be healthy and know there are so many who care. We'll always remember Kathy's beautiful smile. She was truly a woman of valor. Rest in peace, lovely Kathy, rest in peace. Ken and Marilyn Hahn
Andrea Smith December 14, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Dear Mayor Gibbs and Family, My prayers are with you. I'm so glad that you were able to walk her down and pray your beloved bride back into the arms of Jesus. Your her true hero and mine too! She was a beautiful person and she will be greatly missed. However, knowing that she is at her final destination in the arms of Jesus may she rest in peace. Praying that God gives you strength and peace. Andrea Canchola

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