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Katherine Agnes (Burbine) Gibbons

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 dancing.

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.


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