Friends, Family, and Colleagues Gather To Honor Community Leader at Retirement Party
Ester Tibbs said she didn't want to make a big fuss at her retirement party.
But her friends, family, and long-time colleagues said this is one time she was not going to get her way.
Around 200 of Tibb's friends and loved ones packed into the Ironwood Golf Course Banquet Room to celebrate a woman they call an angel, force of nature, and a perfectionist.
Some talked about her distinctive laugh. Others remarked about her patience, her polish, and her toughness.
Many wiped away tears as speakers highlighted Tibb's more than 35 years of service to the community as a leader in social services and her role as District Administrator with the Department of Children and Families.
Tibbs, who said she was never one who liked the spotlight, said she felt overwhelmed.
Though she will continue to be active in the community, Tibbs said she wanted to focus on being the best wife, mother, and grandmother she could be.
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