Obituary: Christine Gibson

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Christine Gibson

A SERVICE to celebrate the life of Christine Gibson, of Balk Road, Ryhall, took place at Stamford Free Church, the Rev May Lloyd and the Rev John Chambers officiating. Interment at Stamford Cemetery followed. The SFC band played for the service.

Christine died at the Red House Nursing Home, Stamford, aged 97, after a steady decline in health.

She was born in Leamington Spa to William and Margery Causer, the second of three daughters and was educated at Leamington High School, where she was a pupil-teacher in her final year. Her pet name as a child was Bunny.

On leaving school Christine worked as a nursery nurse at Baby’s Castle, Hawkhurst, and then as a nanny to two families on the south coast. On a visit home she met and fell in love with Alec Gibson and six months later they were married at the start of the Second World War.

Sadly they lost their first baby, Christopher, three days after his birth in 1941. They went on to have two daughters, and later seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Family life was always Christine’s passion. She had the gift of making a house a home and frequent homes meant she had plenty of opportunity to practice, She and Alec lived in Birmingham, St Leonards-on-Sea, Tenterden, Gibraltar and Torquay before retiring to Stamford. Christine supported Alec in his roles as teacher, then headmaster at Chelston Cottage School, Torquay, proving her own capability by running the infant school at Europa Point, Gibraltar, single handed for two years.

Christine and Alec made many friends in Stamford. For years they hosted several interchurch groups, as well as enjoying attending Arthritis Care, Good Companions and Christ Church Day Centre.

After Alec’s death in 1990 Christine continued to welcome friends to her home, being particularly glad if the visit included a game of Scrabble at which she excelled. Friends at the day centres also made sure her days were full of good times.

Since 2002 Christine lived with her granddaughter, Anna, husband Nic and five great grandchildren, where she was very happy. She had felt lonely when widowed and was glad to be in a lively, loving home again, with lots of little ones to interact with.

She always loved singing and made all her thoughts into songs, remaining cheerful even when bed-bound or in hospital in her last months. Her faith was real.

Bereaved are daughters Jenny and Sally, grandchildren Celia, Mark, John, Emma, Martin, Anna and Tom, great-grandchildren Abigail, Patrick, Finley, Dulcie, Nancy, Daisy, Jim, Lily, Hannah, Naomi and Isabella.

Family mourners included: Jenny Nicholls, Celia Tyler, Abigail Tyler, Michael Hargreaves, Mark Nicholls, John and Rachel Nicholls, Hannah and Naomi, Emma Crawford (representing Alan Crawford), Sally and Rob Shaw, Martin Shaw (Cara Patterson, Dulcie Shaw), Anna and Nic Allen, Patrick, Finley and Isabella, Joy and Ken Chapman, Celia and Alan Jepps, Philip and Jean Sharpe.

Sympathisers included: Hilda Parker (Sue Williams), Margaret Ritter, Margaret Green, David Brittain, Elizabeth Woolf and Helen Church (George Woolf and family), May Lloyd, John and Dorothy Chambers (Mary Davies, Martin and Hilary Owens), Mrs P Halliwell, Mr C Chapman, Betty Garratt, Mrs V Aylin, Mildred Bwenpe, Margaret Grebby (Eric Cook), Paul and Jenny Shortman (Stamford Free Church), Julie Simpson, Marigold Lamin (Henry, Felicity, Ruth and Eleanor), Lynda and Nick Bellairs, Jane Eagle-Brown (family), Sarah Lyons, Jessica Hunter, Simon Kaye (St George’s Church, King’s Cafe), Alastair Summers (Carol Summers), Tricia Moor, Pat and Kev Gallagher, Lesley Nichols and Gilly Portis (Evergreen Care Trust).