GIBBONS – Elsie Betty (née Sheahan)

Born on January 13, 1927. Passed away July 27, 2020.

Aged 93 years.
Passed peacefully at Latrobe Regional Hospital, Traralgon.
Daughter of Daniel (dec.) and Anne Sheahan (dec.). Sister to Dorothy Peggy (dec.).
Loved wife of Simon Gibbons (dec.). Long-time and loved companion of Jim Samson. Companion and friend of Eric Curtain and his family.
Mother of Peter and Neville (dec.). Mother-in-law of Cheryl and Leeane. Grandmother of Stacey, Kelly, Dale, Erin and Liam. Great grandmother of Brodie. Aunt of Roslyn, Leonie, Ronald, Neal, Shirlene, Andrea, their families and the McEwan families.

Gabriel blew his trumpet
St. Peter shouted, “Come!”
The Gates of Heaven opened
And in walked Mum.
(from George Johnston, My Brother Jack p 117)


Funeral of Betty Gibbons (Elsie Betty)

1.30 pm, Friday 7th August, 2020


Order of Service

Seating MusicEine kleine Nachtmusik, by Mozart

Opening Music – ‘Good Morning’ song Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney (from Babes in Arms, 1939).  A song enjoyed by Betty.

A reading, excerpt from ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, an Anglican hymn, read by Erin Gibbons and and Liam Gibbons, grandchildren of Betty.

Music:Londonderry Aire (Danny Boy)’ by the Violin Brothers in acknowledgement of Betty’s Irish father, Daniel Sheahan, and his family

Reading:  An excerpt from ‘Double Wedding – Four Generations Present’, published in a local newspaper, 23rd February, 1946. Read by Mrs. Shirlene Browne, niece to Betty, daughter of Betty’s sister, Peggy.

Music: ‘I’ll Walk Beside You’ by John McCormack, the song sung at Betty & Simon and Peggy & Percival’s double wedding.

Eulogy: by Betty’s eldest son, Peter Gibbons.

Music: – ‘Those were the days my friend’ from the album Those were the Days by Percy Faith and his dance orchestra, 1969, from Betty’s album collection.

Reading: from a Returned and Service League honour certificate presented to Betty Gibbons in recognition of her Legacy Australia service.  Read by Kelly Gibbons, grandchild of Betty.

Reflection on Betty’s life as a housewife and working mother, and a retiree.  Read by Cheryl Wragg, daughter-in-law, friend and carer of Betty.

Civil Celebrant – closing words.

Music: ‘Daisy Bell (Bicycle built for Two)’ by Nat King Cole, A life long favourite of Betty’s, used as her hand hygiene sing-a-long and for comfort in her last weeks.

(In lieu of a wake, mourners are invited to collective a commemorative gift ‘Toast to Betty’ in the foyer upon conclusion of the funeral service.)






Funeral Notice
Due to unforeseen technical problems the service was not recorded and is unavailable to viewers.  Latrobe Valley Funeral Services apologises to the family and friends of Betty Gibbons.



  1. Loved Aunty Betty to Jessie and Horst (both dec) loved Great Aunt to Sue, Johno and Amanda whom she named. Our deepest sympathy and love to Peter and all the families we are thinking of you from Sue, Johno and Amanda. X X X

    Sue Wirz July 28, 2020
  2. condolences to every one
    from Jim and Caz Lia
    neighbours for only 12 months

    caz lia July 28, 2020
  3. A very much loved Aunty Betty. Sending our deepest sympathy to Peter and family. Thinking of you all. Love Bruce and Andrea

    Bruce and Andrea Hillbrick August 4, 2020
  4. Our deepest sympathy to Peter and the extended Gibbons family. I have many happy memories of spending time with our aunt and cousins at Yallourn North. After our mother died Aunty Betty always remembered our birthdays -there were a lot of us Dunlop’s! Our aunt was caring and thinking of others always. Vale Aunty Betty.

    Roslyn McLeod August 4, 2020
  5. To Peter and the extended Gibbons family we send our sincere condolences on the passing of Aunty Bett we are thinking of you at this sad time.
    Neale, Irene, Luke & Bree

    Neale Dunlop August 5, 2020
  6. Betty was a close friend to our mother, Iris Rek (woolidge) where they worked together at the Moe Hospital. We would like to pass our condolences on to the family and have fond memories of Betty with a wicked sense of humour. Cindy, Duane, John and Sherilea x

    Cindy Gallert August 6, 2020
  7. Sending you much love and care for today.

    Sharon Gibson August 7, 2020
  8. A beautiful service to honour the life of Aunty Bet.
    Her legacy will live on through Peter and the extended family.
    The family history and Aunty Bet’s achievements.I found very interesting
    Being a union rep must run in the family as I had been the union rep at school for many years!!
    Condolences to Peter and all the family
    Irene Gilliland [nee McEwan ]

    Irene Gilliland August 7, 2020