Friday, August 12, 2022

Obituary: Raeburn-Gibson, Mary Louise ‘Lou’

June 9, 1936 – July 10, 2022

Mary-Louise Raeburn-Gibson (née Threndyle) passed away in Meaford, Ontario, after enjoying the afternoon on the shores of Georgian Bay with members of her family including two of her great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased in 1999 by her loving husband the Reverend Ian Alexander Raeburn-Gibson. She is remembered with love by all her family – her sons Richard Raeburn-Gibson (Stephanie), Tim Raeburn-Gibson (Kimberley), and daughters Peggy Raeburn-Bell (Dean), and Susan Raeburn-Gibson (Abdelkader).

‘Lou’, as she was lovingly known to family and friends, adored her many grandchildren as well as their partners, Rylee (Charlotte), Savannah, Ian (Leanne), Taylor (Liene), Katya, Haven, Sydney (Gryphon), Rowan (Kelsey), Aicha (Eli), Nadia (Rob), Zacariah (Ashley). She was especially proud to be a great-grandmother to August, Louie, and Owen. Lou also loved and was loved by her extended family including brothers Ken and Doug, sisters Rose Marie and Shirleyan, as well as many nieces and nephews in the Threndyle, Polzin, Walker, and Doerr families.

Mary Louise was born in Hanover, Ontario, and received her nursing qualifications at the Victoria Hospital School of Nursing in London, Ontario. Following their marriage in 1957, Ian joined the Canadian Air Force as a Chaplain and the family was subsequently posted in Winnipeg, Germany, Vancouver Island, and Kingston. Lou and Ian moved to Meaford in 1981 when Ian became the Minister at Knox Presbyterian Church. Lou was an Elder at this church, a devoted member over the past 40 years, and made many close friends in the church and broader Meaford community.

Mary-Lou lived an amazing, joyful, and blessed life! She loved spending time with her many friends and large family. She swam in Georgian Bay every summer, skied the local trails every winter, and enjoyed family cycling adventures. She loved to travel, and even in recent years hiked in Iceland, the east coast, and the American southwest. We were all so fortunate to have been able to laugh with her, know her love, learn from her wisdom, and be inspired by her grace, humility, and example of a life well lived. We love and miss you.

A celebration of Mary Lou’s life will take place at Knox Presbyterian Church in Meaford on Thursday, July 14, 2022, family will receive friends for visiting at 12:30 p.m. and the service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Presbyterian World Service & Development, and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON, N4L 1B9, to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


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