NEW HAVEN — Sarah Gibbs has made a lot of friends in the last 34 years as a member of the New Haven Council.
That fact was evident at an open house conducted in her honor Monday evening at the New Haven Library.
More than 100 people attended the event, congratulating Gibbs and wishing her well. She also received a number of cards and gifts from appreciative friends and townspeople.
The highlight of the evening came when town, county and state officials presented Gibbs with certificates and plaques. Chris Chiles, representing of the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III, presented Gibbs with a certificate from Senator Manchin and wife, Gayle. Mason County Commissioners Rick Handley and Tracy Doolittle, along with Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley, also presented Gibbs with a certificate of appreciation. A plaque, etched with a key to the city, was given to Gibbs by her son and outgoing Mayor George Gibbs, incoming Mayor Charles Yonker, Recorder Roberta Hysell and council members.
Gibbs told those attending she appreciated how well the town had treated her during her years on council. She said she had served under six mayors, and alongside many council members, some of whom had passed away. She said in all the years she served, no one had ever made her angry.
Gibbs said there were many highlights to her council service, but two stand out: getting a new town hall and getting the library.
Even though she will no lonoger be on the town council, Gibbs will remain visible. An active member of the First Church of God, Gibbs is also a member of the Nehaclima Garden Club. She will also remain employed at the New Haven Library two days a week. Working there on Mondays and Wednesdays, Gibbs describes it as her “favorite activity.”
In addition to the residents, Gibbs was surrounded by her many family members, including son George; daughter Marilyn Pierce; granddaughters Mary Beth Young and Lora Davis; and great-grandchildren Emma, Aden and Ava Young. Cake and other refreshments were served to all attending.