GIBBONS – Elsie Betty (née Sheahan)
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 Music – Eine 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.)
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 XJuly 28, 2020
condolences to every oneJuly 28, 2020
from Jim and Caz Lia
neighbours for only 12 months
A very much loved Aunty Betty. Sending our deepest sympathy to Peter and family. Thinking of you all. Love Bruce and AndreaAugust 4, 2020
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.August 4, 2020
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.August 5, 2020
Neale, Irene, Luke & Bree
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 xAugust 6, 2020
Sending you much love and care for today.August 7, 2020
A beautiful service to honour the life of Aunty Bet.August 7, 2020
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 ]