A celebration of the Life of Karen (Gibbs) Cochran will be held May 10 at 11 a.m. at the Baptist Church in Cambria. Karen passed away Dec. 11, 2018, in Colleyville, Texas, following a courageous battle against brain cancer.
Karen Gibbs was born in Iowa on July 7, 1942, the sixth child of Jay Gibbs and Mildred (Sallman) Gibbs. She grew up on the family farm and attended school in Cambria until the school merged with Corydon. She graduated from Cambria Corydon High School in 1961.
Following graduation Karen moved to Chicago where she worked for Dean Witter and Company. She married and had two sons. The family lived in Hayward, Calif., where Karen returned to work for Dean Witter and Company. She continued working for the firm until her retirement.
Over the years Karen lived in Sand Diego, Calif. And Charlotte, N.C. before moving to Texas to be closer to her son. She was thrilled to finally become a grandmother when her grandson Richard was born. He was her greatest joy and she delighted in his sporting and academic achievements.
Karen returned to Iowa in 2013 to help and to be near her sisters, two of who were in ill health at the time. She made her home in Altoona where she set about making new friends and renewing old friendships. Karen especially looked forward to the monthly luncheons with her former high school classmates.
Karen was a loving mother and grandmother and a caring sister and friend. She was her grandson’s most ardent facing fan. When she became too ill to attend his races, she looked forward to watching his races on YouTube.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Kenneth Gibbs; sisters, Kathleen Spees and Karolyn Hatch; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Spees, Carter Hatch, Robert Diehl and Lee Holmes.
Those left to mourn her passing are her son and grandson, Kevin and Richard Zimmerman of Colleyville, Texas; her sisters, Keo Holmes of Corydon and Karmen Diehl of Waukee; her brother, Keith Gibbs of Astoria N.Y.; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as several great nieces and great nephews.