Katherine Agnes (Burbine) Gibbons, 101, of Ipswich died early
Monday February 13, 2017 at the Seaview Retreat Rowley following
her recent admission.
Born in Melrose August 25, 1915, the daughter of the late John
A. and Laura M. (Doucette) Burbine, she was a graduate from St.
Marys High School in Melrose, Following graduation she was
employed by New England Telephone Company, employed until her
marriage to Allen Graham Gibbons in 1937. They shared forty-nine
years of marriage and has since missed her late husband for the
rest of her days.
Agnes served as President of Ipswich Catholic Woman’s Club from
1984 – 1986. She loved to read and enjoyed playing the piano to
all kinds of music. Agnes was a whiz at embroidering tablecloth
and napkin sets for family and friends. She enjoyed playing
Yahtzee, Scrabble, cards and knitting. Throughout her marriage
she and Graham especially enjoyed going out to dinner and
Agnes had lived for twenty years with her daughter Ruth and
husband Bill Epple and with the help for her care by her
daughter Charlotte Penney of Lawrence.
In addition to her daughter Ruth Epple and her husband Bill of
Ipswich and PA and Charlotte A. Penney of Lawrence, she is
survived by her son, Robert A. Gibbons and his wife Brenda of
FL, Laurel Ann Knight, of FL; seven grandchildren, Lisa J. Cook,
Robert G. Gibbons, Michelle Ferland, W. Graham Epple, Ryan Epple,
Jonathan Epple, Justin Penney; ten great grandchildren; one
great great grandson and many nephews and nieces. She was
predeceased by her sisters Rita DiCarlo and Margaret Davidson
and sister-in-law Ruth Harrington.
Agnes will forever be missed and loved. The family wishes to
thank the staff of the Seaview Retreat for the compassionate
and attentive care of their mother.
A Memorial Funeral Mass will be held at a later date in St.
Marys of Annunciation in Melrose with a Family Memorial to
follow. Arrangements are under the direction of the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.