Roberta Sue Biles Gibson died Saturday, Sept. 24, at her home in Edmond, Okla., in the arms of her husband. She was 57.
She was born March 20, 1948 in Pauls Valley, Okla. She attended Maysville public schools where she was a majorette. At the University of Oklahoma, she graduated in 1970 with a degree in piano performance. After raising a family, she returned to college and obtained her degree in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma. For 19 years she was a partner in Arledge and Associates, an accounting firm in Edmond. She was a member of several professional societies including OSCPA, the state society for CPAs, as well as the national society for CPAs. She was also a regular attendee at the Tuesday Tax luncheon and a member of Henderson Hills Baptist Church.
She fought GIST for the past five years. She was involved in several cancer studies and her family expressed thanks to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, Mo., for their tireless effort and genuine care in moving toward conquering this horrible disease; to Mercy Hospital in Edmond and the Cancer Care Associates in Oklahoma City; to Dr. Craig Reitz and his nurse, Peggy, for their undying devotion to families dealing with cancer, and finally to the staff at Hospice of Oklahoma County and Julie Lindsay in particular.
Roberta is survived by her husband, Douglas Gibson of Edmond; her parents, Robert and Maxine Biles of Pauls Valley; son, Joe Hargis and wife, Melody; grandchildren Hanna and Sam of Marshfield, Wis.; daughter, Stephanie Eskew and husband, Jeff, and grandson, Tristan, of Portsmouth, Va.; sister Marilyn Johnson and husband, Fred, of Edmond; brother, Ron Biles and wife, Bonnie, of Broken Bow, Okla.; her step-daughter Melissa Graham and husband, Ben, of San Antonio, Texas, and step-daughter Michael McNellis and husband, Michael, and grandson, Jack Henry, of Prairie Village, Kan.. She also has countless others that are blessed to have called her friend.
Services were held Sept. 28 in Edmond. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to either the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, P.O. Box 18701, Oklahoma City, OK 73154 or Hospice of Oklahoma County, 4334 NW Expressway; No. 106, Oklahoma City, OK 73116.