Joanna Harris Gibbs, 66, of Scranton, PA, died peacefully on the evening of December 29, 2022, at Green Ridge Care Center, Scranton, after a recent diagnosis of cancer. Meghan Milev was by her side until the end.
Born in Harrisburg on November 15, 1956, she was the daughter of the late John Warren Gibbs (1969) and Barbara Harris (Harlan) Gibbs (1999).
In addition to her parents, Joanna was also preceded in death by her 2 brothers John Charles Gibbs (1970) and Fred Warren Gibbs (1999).
Joanna had a 30 year career with the Department of Defense, starting at the Tobyhanna Army Depot as a temporary Clerk Typist, she found her true passion at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in the Transportation Division. Joanna took great pride in her work and greatly enjoyed training and mentoring her co-workers. Joanna made lifelong friends during her career at DLA. A special thanks to Nance Rice for her 20 years of friendship and support. Joanna will be missed by many, including Liz Rice, Tatiana Black, and Dawn Bartron.
While at DLA Joanna re-connected with family she had lost touch with years prior. It was through these connections she formed a great love and affection for her dear cousins Lowell Gibbs and his wife Rosemary Sharpe, Ginny Coy, Shirley Souden, and Suzy Stewart. She would beam with happiness when talking about her family. She had such great joy in being a part of their lives. Joanna truly enjoyed her visits and Zoom calls with Lowell and Rosemary.
Joanna was a very kind and giving person. She never hesitated to ask if you are okay or if there was anything she could do to help. Her nature was very giving, kind, and genuine. When Joanna was diagnosed with cancer, she made the decision to live the remainder of what time she had left on her terms. When Joanna reflected on the life, she said “I have lived a good life”. We should all strive to be able to say the same when our time comes.
Joanna was an avid Eagles fan never missing a game. If you wanted to know the Eagle’s stats and ranking, Joanna was the go-to person. Joanna loved to travel, enjoyed challenging word scrambles, and completed uncountable amounts of word search games.
We would like to thank the Staff at Compassion Care Hospice for their dedication, kindness, and support of Joanna in her final weeks. A special thanks to Erin and Chris. You made sure Joanna was given the love and dignity she deserved. You are truly angels among us!
Finally, we would like to thank the Staff at the Green Ridge Care Center Scranton PA for their attentiveness and compassion, which Joanna greatly deserved. The facility and staff are top notch.
Joanna requested in lieu of flowers, donations be made to https://www.diabetes.org
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Avoca.