Sarah Jane Gibbs, 34, daughter of Plymouth residents, Howard E. and Betty P. (Glaub) Gibbs, passed away at her home early Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.
She had been a resident of the Warsaw area most of her lifetime.
Sarah Jane was born on Sept. 24, 1980, on an unusually warm day in Plymouth. She soon joined a brother Eric at home, age 5 to the day. By the time she was 3 years old, it was determined that Sarah Jane had been experiencing signs of autism. From there she and her family would experience a life filled with challenges and the wonder of talented gifts. In 1984 the family moved to the Kosciusko County community of Atwood. Through years of dedicated care by her family, school teachers and staff of Cardinal’s supportive living, Sarah Jane was able to complete school and graduate from Warsaw High School. She then attained an independent living status which she truly enjoyed and the family acknowledges Cardinal Services for those years of providing them comfort with her extended care. Her talents surfaced early and by the age of six, Sarah Jane displayed her musical abilities and played or ‘rocked out’ on first the organ and then keyboard all by ear and perfect pitch after simply listening to a program or a song and often treated the family to a session of Pat Benatar at sometimes unusual hours. She attended the Warsaw First Brethren Church.
She is survived by her parents: Howard and Betty (Glaub) Gibbs, Plymouth; brother: Eric M. Gibbs (Jennifer Bradley), Warsaw; nephews and niece: Dylan, Dominic and Reagan. Her paternal grandmother: Rosemary Tatich, Bremen; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents: Walter and Margaret Glaub; paternal grandfather: Howard E. Gibbs II; aunt: Margo Morris; and cousin: Ian Berger.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. A memorial service will take place there at 7 p.m.
Preferred are memorial gifts to Cardinal Services Inc., 504 North Bay Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580 or Kosciusko Community YMCA 1401 E. Smith St., Warsaw, IN 46580.