Longtime Malibu resident Sheila Gibbons-Fly passed away on March 28. She was 91 years old.
Raised in New York City, Gibbons-Fly was educated at William and Mary College in Virginia and Columbia University in New York. In the 1950s, she worked in the publishing business, where she was a senior editor for Collier’s Publishing and Knopf Publishing. Sheila and cinematographer husband Peter Gibbons moved to the west end of Malibu in 1960, when the movie company “Cinerama” moved its headquarters from New York to LA.
Gibbons-Fly was an active member of the Malibu community throughout her 50-plus years of residency. She was President of the Juan Cabrillo Elementary School PTA for many years in the 1960s and ’70s, where she also organized the school’s annual Book Fair. She was a longtime parishioner at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church where she served intermittently as president of the Altar Guild and in a number of other capacities. After retiring from UCLA in 1986, she worked for many years with special needs students at Malibu High School, where she was affectionately known as “Mrs. Homie G.” Her husband Pete passed away in 1983.
Gibbons-Fly is survived by her three children, her grandson and other family. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, VITAS Hospice Care and Golden Steps Home Care for their thoughtful and loving care.
A memorial service is planned for noon, Saturday, May 2, at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 28211 Pacific Coast Hwy. All are welcome.