Dr. Helen E Gibbons
Jun 6, 1929 - Feb 26, 2017
Dr. Helen's Story
Dr. Helen E. Gibbons, 87, of Bloomington, Indiana, passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, after a battle with Parkinson's disease.
Helen was born to John and Gertrude Gibbons on June 29, 1929, in New Castle.
Some of her earliest memories of growing up in Pennsylvania included her time spent helping with her grandparent's general store on Bluff Street.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary; and her aunt, "Honey," Mary Elizabeth Mitchell.
Helen received degrees in business and education from Villa Maria College and the University of Pittsburgh. She received her doctorate of education from Indiana University in 1960.
Helen retired from Indiana University in 1990, after serving 30 years as a business and education faculty member at the Fort Wayne and Bloomington campuses. Helen is survived by her three nieces, Kathy Zarilla (Doug Darr) of Timberlake, North Carolina, Nancy Zarilla of Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and Lauri Zarilla of Murrysville, Pennsylvania; great niece Rachel Darr of Charlotte, North Carolina; her great-nephew Benjamin Darr of Charlotte, North Carolina; and numerous friends and caretakers who she considered family.
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