Kelly Cyd Gibbs (50) returned to her loving Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ Friday, September 29, 2017, after a valiant struggle with cancer. As an active and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kelly found comfort and peace because of her faith in the Savior’s Atonement and His eternal plan for her and her family.
Kelly was born August 26, 1967, to George Heber and Elaine (Goddard) Gibbs in Fullerton, California. As the baby of our family this little blond, blue-eyed child immediately stole the spotlight and the hearts of her parents.
Kelly and her family moved to Tempe, Arizona, where she received her education. Kelly was a bright, intelligent and outgoing young woman. She graduated from Marcos de Niza High School the spring of 1985. She was an honor student, cheerleader and involved in student government and anything else that was challenging and fun. She valued education and looked forward to continuing her schooling at Arizona State University.
Her life took an unexpected turn August 2, 1985, that resulted in a lifetime of challenges and struggles. Kelly was riding her bike to ASU to register for fall classes when she was hit by a car. Kelly sustained a traumatic brain injury that dramatically changed her life. After her accident she valiantly worked and regained her ability to walk, talk, and returned to Mesa Community College to continue her education.
Kelly’s desire to be a wife and mother was realized when she married Greg Hekking, and they were blessed with two sons, Seth Andrew and Zane Daniel. Her sons were and would always be foremost in her life. She loved them dearly and found joy in being their mother.
July 2015, Kelly was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was courageous and often commented, “I am so blessed.” She embraced her life and accepted her limitations. We find comfort in knowing that the release from this life affords her the opportunity of reaching her full potential in the eternities.
Kelly is survived by her sons, Seth and Zane Hekking of Chandler, Arizona; Siblings: Michele (Davis) Knight, American Fork, Utah; Randy (Paula) Gibbs, of Irvine, California; Zana (Tom) Cox of Chandler, Arizona, and an extended family of nieces and nephews. Kelly was preceded in death by her parents.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society or the Arizona Humane Society are suggested.
A Public viewing will be held Friday, October 6, 2017, from 6-8 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel.