Faye Gibbens, NDAD co-founder and longtime officer, dies at 70

NDAD mourns the passing today of Faye Gibbens, 70, its co-founder and longtime director of program services for people with disabilities and health challenges.

Faye Gibbens, shown in the fall of 2012.

Gibbens died this afternoon (Saturday) at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks after a lengthy period of failing health.

Faye Gibbens and her husband of nearly 50 years, Ron, began the North Dakota Association for the Disabled as a family support group in the mid-1970s and built it into a statewide charitable nonprofit with client services offices in Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot and Williston and charitable gaming operations currently in Minot, Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck. She also helped create and operate another nonprofit for individuals in need, the Citizens Assistance Program.

Faye Gibbens’ survivors include her husband, NDAD’s president and chief executive officer; and their son, Mike, NDAD’s official ambassador and the inspiration for the organization’s creation. Mike Gibbens was born with cerebral palsy.

Funeral services for Faye Gibbens are pending.

Read NDAD’s news release about Faye Gibbens’ death at http://ndad.org/news.asp?newsid=109.

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