SALEM - Dorothy Regina Ibbs, 92, formerly of Wood Alley, East Liverpool, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at the Essex III of Salem following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Born Jan. 13, 1920 at East Liverpool, she was a daughter of the late Edward Parr Jr. and Nellie Ellen Brookes Bennett.
A lifetime area resident, she spent the last five years living in Salem at Essex III. At one time she had worked at several of the local potteries. She was a member of the Triangle Club and was a wonderful homemaker.
Dorothy devoted her life to taking care of her children and grandchildren, babysat the neighbor's children and many great nieces and nephews with loving care. She was known for her delicious cooking such as her pies, homemade noodles, and potato salad, all requested for at her family's gatherings. She also loved to watch soap operas.
Her first husband, Clyde "Ted" Howard preceded her in death in 1943, while fighting during WWII. She was also preceded by her stepfather, Romney Bennett, who raised her.
Surviving are her two loving daughters, Judith Gill and her husband, Thomas M. of East Liverpool and Debra L. Waite and her husband, Ronald M. of Salem; as well as her two sons, Robert A. Ibbs of Chester, W.Va., and David W. Ibbs and his wife, Marion of East Liverpool.
There are 12 grandchildren, Amy Marie Gill, Michelle (John) Higgins, Colleen (Steve) House, Erin (Brian) Loedding, Robby Ibbs, Season Rice, Morgan Nash, Amanda Lowers, Sunny (Jason) Wolski, Misty (Max) Burton, Dustin Ibbs, and Veronica Waite, whom she loved very much and would do anything for, they will lovingly remember all the special times at her house, the Thanksgiving dinners and the times of laughter and playing cards shared around her kitchen table with a hot cup of tea and white powdered doughnuts.
There are 15 great-grandchildren, Joshua and Shane Higgins, Alex and Jacob House, Taylor Loedding, Erica Ware, Paisley Nash, Preston and Memphis Irvin, Chance Lowers, Bradley Gibson, Heavyn and Briar Wolski, and Logan and Parker Burton.
She held a special affection for and was known as Aunt Dottie by nieces and nephews, Nancy Carnegie, Pat McGaffic, Rose Roseberry, John Nolan, Terry Trbovich and Richard Looman.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lorraine Looman Queen and Josephine Nolan; and by a daughter-in-law, Teri Ibbs.
Friends may visit the family from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Dawson Funeral Home in East Liverpool. Her son-in-law, Ronald M. Waite, will offer a eulogy at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center immediately following the service.
The family wants to extend a special appreciation and thank you to the caring and loving staff at Essex III, who cared for Dorothy during her final years.
View Mrs. Ibbs' memorial webpage and send condolences online at: www.dawsonfuneralhome.com.