Irene Gibbs

Irene Gibbs

Sunday, December 26th, 1926 - Monday, May 25th, 2020
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Irene (Galvin) Gibbs, born on a Sunday, December 26, 1926. Went home to the Lord on Monday, May 25, 2020.
She was the sister of the (late) June, (late) Buddy, (late) Doris and Jack.
Her many cousins were like sisters and brothers, and she cherished each and every one of them.
On May 8, 1946, she and Lloyd married in St. Helen Church, and they celebrated this marriage for 60 years, and 3 months, when God called Lloyd “Home”.
When they became foster parents to 52 children, they were blessed with the adoption of 5 of those children, adding to the family of Sharon and Bryan, were Robin, Bruce, Mark, Michael, and Christina.
Lloyd joined sons Bryan and Bruce in Heaven. They are so missed.
10 grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Shannon, Sarah, Colin, Jamie, Mitchell, Daniel, Cameron, and Tyler, and 5 great grandchildren, Joshuah and Madisyn, Harlow, Violet, and Carter, joined the family in later years.
Sisters-in-law were dear to Irene’s heart, (late) Art and Doris, (late) Norman and Dalores, (late Cecil and wife June, (late) Ken and Robin, (late) Bill and Ida, and Glen and (late) Myrna.
When Irene was 5, her Dad, Ambrose, placed her in her the second foster home of her life. A truly welcoming home for a small child. She was made to feel as a true daughter of this family of Chris and Helen Eadie, and their wonderful daughter Elenor. Several happy years were spent within this family, so it was a wrench to all of us when I had to leave them to live with my father, grandmother, sister and uncles. Three cheers to caring foster parents!!! You are special.
I end with saying, I’ve loved everyone in my life from the moment of conception to my last breath on Earth.
All babies deserve to live and fulfill their lives. God created them.
Hope to see you in Heaven.
Love Irene (Galvin) Gibbs
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    Thursday, May 28th, 2020 |
    Thursday, May 28th, 2020
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
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    Private Family Service to be held
  • Interment

    Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery
    1149 Dundas Street West
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Leila Herbst-Bullock

Posted at 05:51am
I had the honour of meeting Irene only last year. She welcomed me into her home and spoke affectionately of her family and late husband. It was a visit I will fondly remember and cherish. My sincere thanks, rest in peace! 

Selena Davies

Posted at 07:24am
I just found out about Irene’s passing this morning Our whole family is devastated. We were neighbours for several years, and lost touch after we moved away.
She was always so kind, and generous and the world is poorer for her loss. I can’t even really put into words how wonderful she was. She was always there with a kind word and a smile.
I’m so sorry to her family.
—Selena, Jordan, Sarah and Jacob

Bonnie Lutz

Posted at 09:50pm
To All of Mrs Gibbs Family: I cried when I found out she had died. I’ve been delivering flowers to her since I started at Karens Flower Shop. We used to chat for one or two minutes every time. I would smile all the way there and smile more after I made my delivery. She alway made me feel as special as she was to me. I will miss her smile and was so honoured to be the one to deliver her final flowers to the funeral home.

Karens Flower Delivery Driver
Bonnie Lutz


Posted at 12:59am
Irene was an amazing and faithful child of God. She brought a lot of joy to everyone around her. I will always cherish her friendship; may she rest in peace. Love Carmie

Lee McDonald

Posted at 10:31pm
Such dignity.
So genuine.
So faithful.
You loved to garden and took such precious care of it. But the GARDEN OF YOUR GIVING is one in which heaven touched earth. One that has blessed so many and I am definitely one of them.

Your stories about your life always inspired me. So much pain in your childhood yet you never surrendered to it. Instead you responded to grace and became a woman who reached out to others to make a difference. I remember how you quoted your husband, Lloyd whom you dearly loved. He would say that you continued to torment yourself by taking in so many foster children because it broke your heart every time you had to give them up-each and every one was so loved by you. What a beautiful example of love—pouring yourself out for another regardless of the cost to your own heart. It’s an example that I shall cherish and try to emulate my dear Irene.

As a member of the Sierra club, you reached out to support our priests and seminarians who have given their lives so selflessly for the sake of God’s people. Your prayers became the armor for many of our dear priests who continue to care for the flock of Our Lord, Jesus. And being counted in that flock, we have all been blessed. Your prayerful support was evidenced in your kindnesses to them. Many Prayer Journals were painstakingly made by you Irene as a sign of your love and affection.

The church was your ministry as well. Listening to you proclaim the Word of God was always very impacting. But when the time came for that to come to an end, even though it was a love of yours, you relented. Yet, being a proclaimer of the Word didn’t end there. It was then that your actions bore witness to the truth, for even though your voice was removed, your actions bore fruit in that you accepted your circumstances, in humility. The Lord had told you that you were to speak His Word and you did this in word, but also in deed—a tremendous witness of faith in action.

On a personal note, you never failed to reach out to my mom every time you saw her at church. Your sincerity and genuine warmth was a great kindness. And I wish to thank you for that.

And in the end, Irene you accepted your lot. Amidst all the trials, you persevered—right to the end. Irene you fought the good fight and you have won the race! You did it His Way! Thank you Irene and thank you to your family for sharing your beautiful mom with us, who has taught us by her life, how to live—with perseverance and courage and a dash of pizzazz (for we all know how stylish she was)!
Much love always and forever,
Lee McDonald

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