Community volunteer succumbs to illness

Gibbard spent years serving on local prison boards in Agassiz

One of Agassiz’s longtime volunteers has passed away.

Kathleen Gibbard, 76, died on Tuesday morning after a very brief illness.

“This happened just very, very quickly,” brother Ken Davis said. About two weeks ago, Gibbard noticed a slight swelling in her leg. From there, it was discovered she had pancreatic cancer.

Gibbard is well known in the community, having served for many years on boards at Kent and Mountain Institutions. She was often seen walking her dog Eddie through Agassiz, was a regular floor curler at the Friendship House and enjoyed dancing and gardening.

Gibbard was nearly a lifetime resident of Agassiz, having moved to the community in 1944 with her parents, Lew and Edith Davis. She married Bob Gibbard, who managed booming grounds on Harrison Lake and Vancouver Island. Her husband passed away in 2005.

A celebration of life will be held at the Friendship House on Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m.