Doane Beal & Ames

729 Route 134, South Dennis, MA


Katherine Nelson Gibbs

July 2, 1938September 25, 2019

SOUTH DENNIS: Katherine Nelson Gibbs passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on September 25th, 2019, following a long illness. She was born in New Bedford, MA on July 2, 1938 to Howard Manning Gibbs and Margaret Ellen (Nelson) Gibbs. Her parents, a painter and a writer, moved with her to Brewster in the early 1940s and purchased the Elijah Cobb house on Lower Road where she grew up. She attended both Nauset Regional High School and the Cambridge School in Weston from which she graduated in 1956. She attended Boston University for two years before marrying in 1958.

She is survived by her former husband, Jefferson L. Tubman. She is also survived by her daughter Abigail W. (Tubman) Dorn and her husband Gregory Dorn of Bourne, as well as her son Dr. Jonathan G. Tubman and his husband Thomas W. Seiler of Rockville, Maryland. She delighted in many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, both biological and by marriage, as well as the children of special friends who she treasured watching grow up including Weston and Heather Dorn, Matthew and Jason LaFleur, and the entire Leandre family, among many, many others.

Katherine had many friendships, both long-term and new, and will be remembered by many as a person always having a pot of coffee and coffee cups at the ready and a willing ear to listen to a person in need or friends who would often drop by unannounced. She was passionate about the history of the Cape Cod Arts community in the mid-20th century, her flower gardens, her backyard bird sanctuary, and in later years, her cat Noah, social media, digital photography, QVC and keeping wild turkeys out of her yard. She will be missed by friends and family alike for her warm smile, sense of compassion and empathy for others. A private graveside service is planned for family members. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Cape Cod Museum of Art (CCMOA) or the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Cape Cod’s hospice program.


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Debbi Beaulieu

September 29, 2019

I will forever remember our many outings, lunches, shopping trips, discussions on our book readings but most of all the many lovely conversations. You where like a second mother who always welcomed me with a beautiful smile and a loving embrace.
May you rest in joyous peace and watch over us from above.
Love you Ms Katie

Sophie Bray

September 26, 2019

Dear Aunt Katie,

You will be greatly missed. I will always cherish the fondest memories of Thanksgiving at your house and getting the whole family together whilst growing up. They were the best!

My heart and prayers go to you until we meet again 🙏

Much Love Sophie

Jeanne LaFleur

September 25, 2019

Katie, you will always hold a special place in my heart. I am so, so sorry how life steered us in different directions. You treated me and my children with nothing but kindness. Being an English teacher, I was always amazed by your roots and how you just seemed nonchalant about it. I love the Arts, and ,of course, I know you did ,too. I hope you received all my Christmas cards throughout the years. Looking back, we would have been great pen pals. I know it would have drawn me out of the loss of my parents. I love you, and please say a prayer for me.
Jeanne Sanders LaFleur