Saturday, September 14, 2019

Gibson, Annie, widow, to Quebec from Scotland 18 June 1925

Passenger No. 2793 on the ship Letitia is Annie Gibson nee Bell, widow of Finlay Gibson (died December 1924). Annie was travelling to her daughter and son-in-law, the Robsons. She was to share a home with them in Winnipeg until her
death in September 1926.

Information included on this passenger list is her last address in the UK, 'Hawthorne, Stevenston, Ayrshire.' Her age is given as 66. Born on 14 February 1859 in Ontario, Annie was returning home after her years spent in Stevenston where she and Finlay had had 5 children - another Annie Gibson, Catherine Bell Gibson, Mary Gibson, Margaret Gibson and William Finlay Gibson, their only son, who died aged 22 in 1911. He was an engine fitter. Cause of death: lung disease.

At New Street Cemetery, Stevenston, is the memorial inscription
to William Gibson, son of Finlay and Annie, (age at death given as 23 here); his father's inscription reads Finlay Gibson died 31st December 1924 aged 84, and there is mention of Annie Bell, wife of Finlay Gibson died 27th Sept 1925 in Winnipeg Canada, 'where her remains rest'.

Annie Gibson lived here, 197 Hill Street, Norwood, Winnipeg, with her daughter (Kate) and son-in-law, the Robsons, after her return to Canada following the death of her husband Finlay Gibson.

Annie lies buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Winniepeg.

The Manitoba Free Press, Wed, 29 Sept 1926 p 7 col 3 'Deaths & funerals':

'Mrs Annie Gibson, widow of the late Finlay Gibson, died at St Boniface hospital on Monday. A native of Hamilton Ont she had spent most of her life in Scotland and had resided with her daughter, Mrs William Robson, 197 Hill Street, Norwood, about a year. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the Gardiner funeral home to Elmwood cemetery and Rev J E Ramsden will officiate'.

This announcement and the following were received from Denise Neufeld in Canada who also arranged for photos to be taken of the Robson house at 197 Hill Street. 

The Winnipeg Evening Tribune, Wed, 29 Sept, 1926, p 15 col 3 'Deaths':

'GIBSON - Entered late rest on Sept 27 at St Boniface Hospital, Annie Gibson, aged 67 years, widow of the late Finlay Gibson and mother of Mrs Wm. Robson 197 Hill Street ...(illeg) p.m. Wednesday, from the ... (A B? illeg) Gardiner Funeral Home, 172 Kennedy St. Interment in the family plot* at Elmwood Cemetery.'

Acknowledgements: Denise Newfeld

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