By Submitted Story on March 12, 2019
Catherine was a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Scotland. Fiercely independent, hardworking, and extremely generous, she devoted her life to serving others through her work with battered women and suicide prevention.
Catherine was a longtime coordinator for the Suicide Crisis Prevention Hotline, a non-profit agency in Portsmouth, VA. She was a charter member of the Scottish Society of Tidewater.
She leaves behind her husband, Larry Wade Gibbs, her son, R. Wade Gibbs (Laura) of Chesapeake, her brother Doug Neilson (Elissa) of Florida, grandchildren Andrew Gibbs, Alexandra Hodges (Macon) and Catherine Gibbs, out-of-town relatives as well as numerous friends and coworkers throughout eastern North Carolina and Virginia. Irene was predeceased by her son, Bruce M. Gibbs. A celebration of her life will be planned at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Hyde County Hotline P.O. Box 335 Engelhard, NC 27824 or Outer Banks Hotline P.O. Box 1490 Manteo, NC 27954.
Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.