Celebrating the life of Cheryl Ardis Ibarra
Be the first to share your favorite memory, photo or story of Cheryl. This memorial page is dedicated for family, friends and future generations to celebrate the life of their loved one.
We ask on behalf of the family that you keep your comments uplifting and appropriate to help all who come here to find comfort and healing.
She spent her youth primarily in the St. Louis area, and graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Always motivated to further her education, Cheryl joined her parents in Rolla, Missouri to attend graduate school at the University of Missouri – Rolla, now known as the Missouri University of Science and Technology. It was there, while pursuing her doctoral degree in Mathematics, that she met the love of her life, Jim Ibarra, who was also attending graduate school for his doctoral degree in Metallurgical Engineering. They were married on June 16, 1973 and celebrated forty-seven years of marriage prior to her death.
Soon after their wedding, the couple relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Cheryl completed her Doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh and continued teaching at the collegiate level. However, her priorities changed after the birth of her daughter, Kelly Elizabeth, and once the family moved to Chicago, she dedicated herself to volunteering at every opportunity. She served as President of the Parent-Teacher Association at Beebe Elementary School and as a chaperone on all her daughter’s field trips. This continued after relocating once more to Houston, Texas where she was involved with all band and choir booster clubs and was a permanent chaperone for all extra-curricular events. Cheryl listened to countless hours of lessons, practices, rehearsals, and performances.
In addition to her volunteer work, Cheryl ran her household seemingly with ease, and managed the care of her mother. She found joy in researching genealogy and made an enormous contribution to mapping the history of the Gibbons and Hise families through historical data and photos. Cheryl was also a proud 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an extraordinary woman who loved challenges and would work tirelessly to help and support those whom she loved.
Cheryl is survived by her husband Jim, of Houston, Texas, and her daughter Kelly, also of Houston; by two older brothers whom she adored: Jack E. Gibbons (Judy) of Wylie, Texas, and Samuel K. Gibbons (Linda) of Clinton, Missouri; by her niece and four nephews who were dear to her heart: Janice L. Gibbons, Daniel C. Gibbons (Cathy), Gregory M. Gibbons (Kimberlee), Andrew K. Gibbons (Meghan), and Samuel K. Gibbons Jr.; and by numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her nephew, Jeff E. Gibbons.
Cheryl was a devoted wife, mother, and friend, and will be desperately missed by those who loved her dearly.
Services will be held at J.M. Weirauch Funeral Home in Harrisburg, Illinois on March 20, 2021 at 1:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research can be made here https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate
To plant a tree in memory of Cheryl Ardis Ibarra, visit the Tribute Store.
211 North Jackson St.
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Harrisburg, IL 62946