Vivian Kibby

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008

Douglas resident Vivian Kibby died at home on June 17, 2008. She was 73.

Born Dec. 14, 1934, in AnaRose, Texas, she arrived in Ketchikan on a steamship in 1944 and later moved to Fairbanks to spend her high school years. She eventually moved to Juneau, where she met her husband, Ralph Kibby Sr., at Percy's Café, where she was employed. They married on April 1, 1955, at the Methodist Church in Douglas and remained in Douglas to raise their family.

She was active in bowling and competed in various state and national tournaments. She immensely enjoyed participating in bingo and socializing at the local Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Family said she was known throughout the community as a mother to many children she cared for. Her passion was her children and grandchildren, they said. She was most recently employed as a book keeper for Ike's Fuel.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Beatrice Runnels; stepfather, Jack Runnels; brothers, Dan and John Thomas; and sister, Terry Redlinger.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Kibby Sr., of Douglas; daughter, Kary Mabie and her husband, Kevin, of Mead, Colo.; sons, Roger and Brian Kibby and Ralph Kibby Jr. and his wife, Julia Smith-Kibby; granddaughters, Kristin, Shale and Breckan Kibby; grandsons, Severin and Devon Kibby; sisters, Leta Garvin, of Joshua, Texas, and Ruby Carney, of Worthington, Minn.; brothers, Henry Thomas, of Brownsville, Texas, and Frank Runnels, of Joshua; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, please make donations to Hospice in her name.

A ceremony is pending and will be announced at a later date.

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