Agnes Ruth Tibbets, 95, Warsaw, formerly of Mentone, passed away May 3, 2021, in the home she shared with her daughter. She spent her last days visiting with friends and family members, letting them know how excited she was to be going to Heaven. Agnes was born Aug. 13, 1925, in Brazil, to Loran I. and Ethel (Miller) Ooley.
Agnes graduated from Brazil High School in 1943 where she played cello in the orchestra. On July 19, 1945, she married her high school sweetheart, Jim Tibbets, who preceded her in death Dec. 8, 2020. The couple honeymooned at Turkey Run State Park and then relocated to New Orleans where Jim was stationed with the United States Navy. They were married for 75 years. They lived briefly in Columbus before moving to Mentone in 1953.
Growing up in Brazil, Agnes began a lifelong desire to serve others when she was asked to lead a group of Campfire Girls during her Junior year in High School. In later years, she “adopted” special needs individuals at the Warsaw Nursing Home, spending time with them and helping make their holidays special. Agnes was an active member of the Mentone United Methodist Church, where she was instrumental in beginning the Bible Study group Alpha, and serving in various ministry capacities over the years. She and Jim sponsored twenty men and women on their Emmaus Walks in association with the Northern Indiana Emmaus Community. She found it very rewarding to see lives changed through the Emmaus experience. She also volunteered in the Hospice program for many years.
Agnes spent several years sewing and designing clothes, then worked at Hales and Hunter and Midwest Spring, Mentone, before obtaining her real estate license. She and Jim started Tibbets Realty in Mentone, and then she worked with Lucas Realty, Warsaw. She was a member of the Jolly Janes Club in Mentone. In younger days, she was a den mother for Cub Scouts and loved baking holiday cookies for her children to take to school. She and Jim were also avid square dancers.
Agnes is known for her love of all things Longaberger and is remembered by her grandchildren for camping trips, sleepovers, tea parties and New Year’s Eve parties. She loved attending as many of their concerts, plays, recitals, sporting events, birthday parties and graduations as possible. Agnes was happiest when surrounded by her family.
Agnes is survived by four children: James David (Jane) Tibbets, Elkhart; Susan Kintzel, Warsaw; Barbara Tibbets, Warsaw; and Daniel (Wendi) Tibbets, San Jose, Calif. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; her two sisters Joan Wells, Brazil; and Jackie Thomas, Greencastle; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a brother Lawrence (Bud) Ooley, a sister Janice Ooley, brothers-in-law Richard Wells and Don E. Thomas, and sister-in-law Roberta (Bertie) Ooley.
Arrangements are currently pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.