Katia Jacqueline Gibbs

Katia Jacqueline (Tirado) Gibbs passed away on 10 September at Fairfax Inova Hospital surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Robert (Rob) Gibbs for 30 years.

Jackie was born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1964 to Luis and Marina Tirado. Jackie has lived in North Arlington for the past 50 years, graduating from Yorktown High School.

Jackie was devoted to children, staying home with her own children and grandchildren. In recent years, she returned to teaching, working most recently at Resurrection Lutheran Preschool. Jackie’s lifelong love of animals led to her rescue of numerous cats, dogs, and assorted feathered and furred friends. She was a fixture in the neighborhood walking her dogs and inherited her parents’ love of gardening and the outdoors, particularly the beach.

Jackie is survived by her husband Robert and children and their families: Joshua and Jessica and their two sons; Brittany and Michael and their daughter and son; and son Allen Michael, a Corporal in the Marines. She is also survived by her father Luis, sister Mary and brother-in-law Russell, and brother Dario and sister-in-law Aly. She will also be dearly missed by fourteen nieces and nephews and nine great nieces and nephews. Jackie’s loving spirit also drew numerous friends into the heart of her family. She is preceded in death by her mother Marina.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, 16 September, at 1 pm at St. James Church (103 N. Spring Street, Falls Church, VA 22046). Private interment will follow. The family will receive visitors on Saturday, 14 September, from 3 to 7 pmat the Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22207). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Resurrection Lutheran Weekday Preschool (6201 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22205) to carry on her love for the school, her students, and their families.

20 Responses to Katia Jacqueline Gibbs

  1. Edwin M. says:

    “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes part of us.”
    – Helen Keller

  2. Kelly Hamilton Grable says:

    Losing a loved one on a ordinary day seems unreal. I truly have no words. Lean on each other, your family and friends. I will pray for your family to find peace.

  3. Evita Koepke says:

    You’ll be dearly missed, sweet cousin. Until we meet again…

  4. Amy Lane says:

    We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of your beloved Mother. Words can not convey our sincere sympathy for the entire family at this difficult time. Just know that each of you are being lifted up through the love and prayers of all those that love and care for you. May you find peace and comfort in fond memories and a life well lived. ♥️♥️

  5. Vanessa & Colin Guest says:

    My family would like to express our heartfelt condolences for your tragic loss. “Miss Jackie” is beloved by my two young daughters, who she taught during the last two years at Resurrection Weekday Lutheran Preschool. Jackie was a constant, loving, and kind presence in their lives. She helped them to learn, to be more confident, and to have so much fun. Jackie helped us better understand our girls, and we hope to be better parents to them. We value and honor her contribution and the sweet person she was. Thank you for sharing her with us, and know that in turn we share your grief. May your memories be of comfort.

  6. Michelle Govoni says:

    My dear friend, Rob, and family…
    We may not understand “why” ever. So we must rely on God to bring us through this devastating time with his ever present love!
    Remember Jackie and honor her time with you! She will Never be forgotten!

  7. Linda Butcher & Family says:

    Not just our family, but the entire neighborhood and community is deeply saddened by the loss of Jackie. Our hearts go to to the Gibbs family. We love you a lot. Linda, Chris, Liz, Katrina and all the neighbors, Nottingham, WMS, and Yorktown families.

  8. Martha Galarneau says:

    Jackie was the most amazing and generous mother-in-law to our great-niece Jessica and grandmother to our great-great nephews Jayden and Jackson. Jackie will be truly missed. With heartfelt sympathy, our prayers and thoughts are with the entire Gibbs family at this sorrowful time. The Entire Galarneau Family

  9. Don Pruefer says:

    To Jessica and the Gibbs family and friends-

    We have heard of the accident and collectively held Katia in our thoughts and made well wishes for a recovery. All are deeply saddened to hear she has passed away. It is a tragedy and starkly reminds us all how precious and short life is, and also how much one person means to so many people and touches many lives. On a personal note, I know that everyone is now grieving her loss…we will all lean on one another to get us through this sad time and remember someone who meant so much to all.

    • Jennifer Olsen says:

      Jackie was an amazing woman and teacher who taught both my sons. My youngest was born early and spent 3 months in the NICU at birth. To leave him with someone for his first school experience was incredibly difficult, but Jackie made it easier by her love and compassion. I trusted her and without her that transition would have been so hard for me. The transitions for both my sons to school was smoother because of her and her love. She truly had a gift. My heart hurts for her family and the community as a whole- it is such a great loss. My boys still talk about her years later and she will never be forgotten.

  10. The Bolt Family says:

    We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Miss Jackie was a loving teacher to our son Cooper. He was having a particularly bad year and did not love starting pre-school, but I always knew she’d win him over quickly and he was always smiling at pickup. Her patience and infinite love touched our lives that year (and helped us get through it!) . We will keep her in our hearts. We love you Miss Jackie!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  11. The Wang Family says:

    Just wanted to share that “Miss Jackie” was our youngest daughter, Abby’s, first teacher when she was two, and she loved Miss Jackie and her warmth and generous heart. Miss Jackie had such a wonderful impact on her and she still speaks about her time with Miss Jackie. We are deeply saddened and sending your family so much love and prayers.

  12. Heather Horne says:

    Our family is so sad to hear of Jackie’s passing. She was a wonderful preschool teacher to our two children, and she was such a kind, generous person in every interaction. So sorry for this terrible loss.

  13. Tony and Stacey Perkins says:

    We can’t tell you how sorry we are for
    your loss. Jackie was such a sweet and kind lady and we will always remember her for displaying a smile and words of love for everyone. One of her greatest legacy’s will be in the wonderful children she raised. We pray that God will help all of you will find the inner strength to get you through this sad and difficult time. You have our very deepest and sincere sympathy and we are here to help comfort you and be by your side.

    Matthew 5:4
    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

  14. The Fransella Family says:

    Dear Gibbs Family,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Jackie’s passing, and we would like to offer our prayers and condolences to your family. Our family has been truly blessed to have Jackie teach our daughters, and we are forever grateful that they had such a wonderful and caring first teacher. We will never forget the smile on her face each day we picked up our happy girls from her classroom, and she told us stories of the fun and silly things they did during the day. May God bless you in your time of sorrow.

  15. Melissa Mellor says:

    Miss Jackie taught our daughter, Esmé, last year at Resurrection Lutheran Preschool. She was always so kind and warm with all of the children and always took the time to share updates or answer questions about Esmé. We are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love, The Mellors

  16. Lauren, Justin, Elizabeth, Sean Cleary says:

    To the Gibbs family: we are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our experience with Ms. Jackie was at Resurrection Lutheran Preschool where she taught my children. Most recently, she was my son’s teacher last year. Each and every day we arrived at her classroom, she greeted us with a loving smile, and welcome arms. She came to know and appreciate each child in a very special way – she had a gift for that – for making others feel so deeply loved and seen. We are sending you all our love.

  17. Lisa Overbeek says:

    Dear Gibbs family, we are so sorry for the loss of Jackie. Having shared so many memories, bleacher-time at sporting events watching our kids, and close times as neighbors, our family has witnessed your close family bond. Because of this foundation our hearts feel some comfort & warmth. Jackie surely loves you so much. Reach to those memories and hopes that have been set for you and live well, as she would want you to. Call on us any time. God bless you and may peace be with you. Lisa, Michael, James & Daniel

  18. The Hepp Family says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Gibbs family. Miss Jackie was our daughter’s preschool teacher for one year, but we will always remember her kindness and beautiful smile. Our love and prayers are with you.

  19. The Mandell and Harbacek Family says:

    We are newcomers to the community, but would often see Jackie out walking her dogs in the few months we’ve lived in the area. The accident that happened was right outside of our home and my family’s hearts broke along with those of many neighbors. We are so sorry for your loss and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jackie was a very special woman from what I have heard and I will be thinking of all of you.

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