• Gibbs-Sutherland
    OLA ROSE LEE GIBBS-SUTHERLAND Graduate of Blackstone High School


Ola Rose Lee Gibbs-Sutherland, age 93, of Oakes, North Dakota, passed peacefully Friday morning, November 6, 2020. She contracted the COVID virus.

She is joining her father, Sam Henry Gibbs; stepfather, Ernest Abernathy; mother, Alice Gibbs-Abernathy; and her brothers, Tommy, Linwood, & Shelton.

Born and raised near Blackstone, VA, she is survived by her four children, Lory Lee, Alice, Paul, Jr., & Scott William (ex Marie); her three grandchildren, Michael (ex Kaylin), Gavin, & Danielle; four great-grandchildren, Brayden, Nolan, Brennan, & Abigael; her nephew Doug (who cheered her up every time he called); her niece Melba (Carl & Elliot); nephew Tommy, Jr. (Deborah, Chris & Brian); and nieces Linda (Buck), Shirley Barney, & Rebecca; and her newfound friends of Harley Wagner, Barb & Robert Lewis, & Peggy Rodingen.

She was a career woman, who truly paved a path for women starting in the Women’s Army Corps (W.A.C.), then a mother of four children, and later a third career, working as a civil servant with the Veterans Hospital also as a med tech. She was the first Female

She was the first Female Soldier of the Month from Fort Lee, VA to be honored at the Pentagon and the first female Director of the Clinical Laboratory at the VA Hospital in Allen Park, Michigan.

Rest in Peace, Mom. You are still loved more than you know. A service will be held at a later date. Online guestbook signing: www.dahlstromfuneralhome.com.

Memorials are preferred to the Hospice of the Red River Valley, 1701 38th St., S. Fargo, ND 58103. 11-18-1tp

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