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Kelly Gibbons

Kelly Therese Kearney Gibbons of Newton Township concluded her struggle with cancer on Tuesday evening, February 26, 2013 in Commonwealth Home Health & Hospice unit at Regional Hospital of Scranton. She was the wife of Magisterial District Judge James A. Gibbons. The couple celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on November 9.

Born on Halloween in 1959, she was the sixth of nine children born to Dr. Paul A. and Mary Ann Sheehan Kearney, formerly of Short Hills, N.J. She was a 1977 graduate of Millburn High School, Millburn, N.J., and received her Bachelor of Arts in 1981 from Providence College, Providence, R.I. Before marriage, she worked for many years in the ski tour industry based in Manhattan, N.Y., traveling to western ski resorts. She also had been a financial advisor for Butcher & Singer, Scranton, for a period until she decided to stay home and raise her children. Her momentous decision to stay home made a lasting impact on her family. In later years, she managed her husband, Jim's private law practice in Scranton.

Kelly was a giver of her time and effort but in very inconspicuous ways. She preferred to be in the background. She neither sought nor enjoyed recognition. She loved to travel, especially to her beloved Spring Lake. The cancer slowed her down, but rarely stopped her completely. Her greatest accomplishments were her children, to whom she taught perseverance, humility and excellence. She often said that her goal was to raise "good humans." She was a charter member of the Friendship House Auxiliary, Scranton and a member of the Jewish Community Center of Scranton, Church of St. Gregory Parish, Clarks Green, and Our Lady of Snows Parish, Clarks Summit.

Kelly's family is forever grateful to Dr. Martin Hyzinski and the staff at Scranton Hematology and Oncology, Dr. Nancy Kemeney and the staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Regional Hospital Hospice Unit, Dr. Glen Digwood and Dr. Linda Barrasse. Through their caring and expertise, all these people made a difficult time that much easier for Kelly and her family.

Also surviving are her children, Catherine Kelly, Chicago, Ill.; Brennan James, Arlington, Va.; Megan Nora, Quinn Marie and Eamon Dominic, all home; four brothers, Dr. Paul A. Kearney, Lexington, Ky.; Atty. John Kearney, Long Valley, N.J.; Dr. Robert Kearney, San Diego, Calif.; Andrew Kearney, San Francisco, Calif.; three sisters, Mary Ann Graham, Malvern; Margaret Sullivan, Franklin, Mass.; Patricia Kologlu, Short Hills, N.J.; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved brother, James Kearney, formerly of Delmar, N.Y., who died in 2008.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be March 2, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in Church of St. Gregory, 330 North Abington Road, Clarks Green, to be celebrated by Rev. John M. Lapera, pastor, and concelebrated by Rev. Joseph F. Sica of Immaculate Conception Church. Those attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive relatives and friends Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kearney Family Scholarship at Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02908-9931, Attn: Christy McCallum or www.providence.edu.

First Visitation

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday, March 1, 2013
Jennings Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.
111 Colburn Ave.
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, United States

Second Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday, March 2, 2013
Jennings Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.
111 Colburn Ave.
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, United States

Service Information

11:30 am Saturday, March 2, 2013
Church of St. Gregory
330 N. Abington Road
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, United States

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Hnin Apr 24 2013 12:00 AM

What I remember fonldy about John Howe was how easy going and accepting he was towards me when I came for the occational visit to his home to visit Marty. I also appreciated John's sense of humour. I remember a couple of weeks ago I drove him home early from one of Marty's late night gigs, and I was not sure of the best way to drive him home, and I ended up having to turn around to go a more direct way. Then finding the turn off to his street was a bit of a challenge in the rainy dark night. Anyway, the next day I came over to Marty's for a movie Hugo, a great movie Marty's sister recommended, and he kidded me by asking me if I managed to find my way home the night before. I reassured him that I did. We both had a good chuckel.

Muniswamy Apr 22 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Jim and family: Paul and I just found out about Kelly's passing. I'm sure God needed her smile and nurturing goodness, something we will always rememeber about Kelly. She was one of the best people we have met in life. We are so very sorry for your loss. We offer prayers for your strength, and know that she lives on in all of you.

Paul and Elaine Tweedy Apr 9 2013 12:00 AM

We are so saddened to hear of your loss of Kelly. Our deepest sympathies are with you.

Ken Strauss & Family Mar 11 2013 12:00 AM

Jim and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. God Bless now and always, Pat Quinn and family.

Patrick Quinn Mar 1 2013 12:00 AM

Michael purchased flowers (Mixed Spray) Patty and Family Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mike Mcnamara and IFG desk

Michael Mar 1 2013 12:00 AM

Carolyn Brady purchased flowers (Beautiful Dreams) With Love, Carolyn, Kathy, Mary Jean, Susan and Robbie

Carolyn Brady Mar 1 2013 12:00 AM

So weird but my girlfriend who lived in the Abingtons informed me of your loss Jim although I never met her she looked beautiful and will be waiting for you as I believe my loss's will be when we leave this place. I know your grief and your childrens God Bless You...........Your friend Jim

Jim Manley Mar 1 2013 12:00 AM

we are very sorry for your loss , our prayers are with you

your neighbors randy & Connie beck Feb 28 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Catie and Family, Our hearts are so heavy. Thinking about you all and praying for you. Fondly, The Hodgens Family

The Hodgens Family Feb 28 2013 12:00 AM

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