Batavia - On September 30, 2022, Elaine A. Tibbs passed peacefully surrounded by family, as she always was.
Born to the late Fred & Evelyn (Mietz) Winters of Middleport, NY. Elaine spent her life in two of the most demanding and rewarding careers, agriculture and nursing. Having deep roots in her family farm operated by her widowed Mother, Elaine left the farm at 18 and went on to pursue a nursing career. She was graduate of St. Jerome School of Nursing. She worked most of career at St. Jerome Hospital and the VAMC. The grit and resilience she was known for on the farm helped her thrive in her over 70 year career as a Registered Nurse. Elaine is best remembered for her faith in God, being an excellent gardener, seamstress and cook. Her home was constantly filled with children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Elaine is preceded in death by her husband, James Patrick Tibbs Jr., daughter Mary “Dietze” Rowcliffe, grandson, James Royal, and son-in-law Robert Dempsey. Her brothers, Arthur (Jean) Winters, Raymond Winters, Norman (Connie) Winters, John Winters, and sisters Margaret (Jack) Ryan, and Charlotte Stein.
She is survived by her brother, Darvin (Dorothy) Winters of Gasport, 5 children: Margaret (late Robert) Dempsey of Stafford, Jim (Kim) Tibbs of Texas, Rich (Cathy) Tibbs of Batavia, Besty (Mike) Royal of Maryland, Tom (Lisa) Tibbs of Middleport, and son-in-law Garth (late Dietze) Rowcliffe of Elba. Grandchildren; Robert (Mandy) Dempsey, Heidi Dempsey, Ryan (Sam) Dempsey, Megan (Andrew) Brown, Alexandra (Adam) Harrington, Ryleigh (Garth) Hinkson, Sarah Tibbs, Thomas Tibbs, James Tibbs, Nick (Sarah) Tibbs, Kaitlyn (Connor) Adcock, and Joseph Royal. Along with 15 Great Grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia. Elaine's funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday (October 13, 2022) at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue in Batavia. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia. In lieu of flowers the family wishes for donations to Wilmot Cancer Center and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.