Loving wife for seven days less than 50 years of Bert Gisborne residing at 13570 Cedar Road, Ladysmith, BC. Born in Renata, BC on November 15, 1936, she moved to the Ladysmith area in 1946 with her family to facilitate receiving a better education. She married Bert on July 15, 1955 at St. Phillips’ Anglican Church in Cedar, BC and started her married life by supporting both while he completed his education in Vancouver. She has five children – Karen Gisborne (Vancouver), Patty Travis (Langley), Laurie Forzley (Vancouver), Dale Gisborne (Ladysmith) and Monte Gisborne (Orillia, Ontario). She has 10 grandchildren – Derreck, Robyn, Lisa, Wyatt, Alyssa, Erin, Jesse, Mitchell, Walker and Deanna. Her surviving siblings include Matilda Williams (Nanaimo) and Leona Courtnay (Sycamous, BC). All survive her and grieve the loss of their mother, grandmother and sister. She loved them all equally and dearly enjoyed seeing them at her home. She lived in Delta, BC after Bert’s graduation in 1956 until her retired from work in 1995, when they moved back to the Gisborne family home of 100 years in Cedar. Linda was an avid boater and after the children left home she became very active in the service of the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron. Having served as Commander of the Fraser Power & Sail Squadron and after moving to Ladysmith, she joined the Mount Brenton Squadron. She became a “life member” of the organization in 2000, having served for 21 years. Her interest remained with the movement to the end. She achieved the course level of Junior Navigator in the Power Squadron Program and became very proficient in navigating a boat with GPS, compass, radar, chart plotter and depth sounder. Linda enjoyed gardening and always pursued this activity with unparalleled vigor beyond her physical capabilities (the weeds won). She further loved her ducks and at one time could count 80 in her flock and would not eat an egg because she regarded them as family. For her holidays she enjoyed her trailer and park friends in Indio, California and the waterfront cottage in Bamfield, BC. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 13th at 2:00 pm at Cedar Valley Memorial gardens, where she will be interred. Flowers are gratefully declined but donations, if desired, may be made to the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society at 1729 Boundary Avenue, Nanaimo, BC V9S 4P3.
We will miss her immensely.