Joyce Elaine (Matt) Gibbs

Joyce Elaine (Matt) Gibbs

March 23, 1934 – November 1, 2019

Joyce Elaine (Matt) Gibbs, 85, of Omaha died on Friday, November 1, 2019, All Saints Day, at Josie Harper Hospice Home in Omaha.

Joyce was born on March 23, 1934, Boone, Iowa, to her parents, William and Mary Matt. Joyce grew up in Boone and graduated from Sacred Heart High School.

Joyce went to Creighton and graduated with her nursing degree. She found her true love, John Gibbs. They were married September 25, 1954, in Omaha. They traveled with the Army to Ft. Benning, GA. where their oldest child, David was born. They moved back to Omaha where Joyce was a nurse and the other four children Dianne, Suzanne, Donald, Gregory were born.

Joyce was the Nursing Administrator for Mercy Care Center for 25 years. Joyce and Jack loved to travel, play cards, and attend the performing arts.  Her greatest love was her family. Joyce was an active member for numerous nursing professional organizations and with the Sisters of Mercy.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Jack; her five children, Dave (Leslie) Gibbs, Dianne (John) Mackey, Sue (Barry) Scheinost, Don Gibbs, Beth Gibbs, and Greg  (Lynette) Gibbs; 17 grandchildren, David John (Liz) Gibbs, Stephen Gibbs, Chris (Rachel) Gibbs; Brian (Rachael) Mackey, Daniel (Cristy) Mackey; Carla, Lauren, and Emma Gibbs; Sarah (Gibbs) (Brian) Birkby, Ben Gibbs, Abby Gibbs, Matthew (Meagan) Gibbs, John (Kerri) Gibbs, Mark Gibbs (fiancé – Jen Rew), Andrew, Nathan, and Jacob Gibbs; ten great-grandchildren, Dillon, Levi, Kynlie, Liam, Samuel, Aiden, Blake, Connor, Logan, Emma. Two brothers Tom (Janet) Matt; Jim Matt; two sisters-in-law Carol (Jerry) Dugan, Janet (Jim) Wicka .

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law JoAnne (Joe) Baldus; brothers William Matt, Richard Matt, and Stephen Matt; sister-in-law Judy Matt.

Visitation will be from 5pm to 7pm Sunday, November 3rd, at The West Center Chapel, followed by a rosary at 7pm. Funeral services will be at 10am on Monday, November 4th at St. Leo Catholic Church in Omaha, with internment in Calvary Cemetery at Omaha

Memorials will be designated by the family at a later date.




  • Lynn Retter Posted November 2, 2019 3:52 am

    Such a beautiful, inviting woman with a big heart. She graced our world. Thinking of the entire Gibbs family at this time and sending love and prayers.

  • Joyce Henderson Melotz Posted November 2, 2019 11:48 am

    I worked with Joyce at St Vincent’s and at Mercy Care Center. She was the sweetest kindest person I ever worked for. My deepest sympathies to her family. She was an awesome woman. Blessings.

  • Patti & Robert Hill Posted November 2, 2019 12:06 pm

    Many memories of great vacation visits in Colorado from the Gibbs family from Omaha. Aunt Joyce and Uncle Jack surely made great efforts to get the cousins together. We will always see her smiling face and hear that giggling laughter when we think of her. Prayers, love and hugs to the entire family as you journey through your loss.

  • Chet & Glenda Reinhardt Posted November 3, 2019 11:14 am

    Very nice lady, good memories when I was young. Always nice. Our sympathies and prayers are with your family.

  • Tom Matt Posted November 3, 2019 1:22 pm

    To Jack. You will always be my “brother”. Joyce is watching over all of us now, as I am sure she stands in heaven beside our Lord and God. Joyce was a marvelous sister. NEVER was there a time that she wasn’t there for me. I love her so very much. Brother Tom

  • Linda and Phil Stone Posted November 9, 2019 10:10 pm

    Dear Cousin Jack and wonderful family, our hearts are with you at this time of your loss. We have loved our times with Jack and Joyce over the years, and were very touched by their love and kindness. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers. All Saints Day was the perfect day for Joyce to be lifted upward into eternity. She was a saint.

  • Jeanne and Hank Kolb Posted November 10, 2019 6:08 pm

    Dear Jack and family, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. She was always a very warm and caring person and welcomed us with open arms to her home when we visited from California several years ago. We know God has welcomed her with open arms in heaven.

  • Jane Nielsen Posted November 14, 2019 2:34 pm

    Jack and family, All of us at Radio Talking Book Service send our most sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of Joyce. Jack read for RTBS for over 35 years and we are so very sorry for your loss.
    Jane and RTBS team.

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