Caroline De Lancey Gibbs (nee Williams), born to Brigadier General Oliver De Lancey Williams and Mildred Lota Baines, grew up on the Island of Guernsey. Her family was the last of the De Lanceys to live in De Lancey House in St Peter Port.

During WWII, Carol joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service. After the war, Carol met her future husband, John Gibbs. They married in 1954 and lived in Cambridge where John was a medical student. In 1958, they immigrated to Canada with their 3 children, living in Montreal then Edmonton. In 1963, Carol had her 4th child. In 1975, Carol and John moved to Ponoka as John became Director of the Central Alberta Mental Hospital. Their last move was to Parksville on Vancouver Island in 1982.

Carol belonged to The Happy Wanderers and Mount Arrowsmith Naturalists. She met three times a week for over 20 years with Parksville Tai Chi Club and volunteered with the SOS. She was a steady knitter and all members of her family enjoyed the warmth of her hand knit sweaters. Interested in cooking, Carol made her own yogurt, plum jam, and applesauce from fruit trees growing in her garden. She loved her roses, clematis, and lavender hedge. Carol became a grandmother 8 times. Also dear to her were all the pets in her life.

Carol and John made many good friends over their years in Edmonton, Ponoka and Parksville. They shared special times with Henri & Lucette Fuerst, Raj & Margaret Maitra; Keith & Barbara Floyd, Gwyneth Bell, Dorothy Tolmie, Margaret Milne; Jan van Stock, John & Moira Davis and many others.

Carol was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, John; her parents; sister, Evelyn and nephew Charles. She is survived by children: Simon (Chantal), Elizabeth (Bob), Diana, Jennifer (Robert); grandchildren, Devin, Ryan, Antonia, Annick, Kaos, Gabrielle, Madeleine, Rachelle; nephews: Bill and Robin; nieces, Denise and Clare.

An independent thinker, Carol’s common sense and advice could always be relied upon. She liked to go out twice a day, was an excellent driver into her 80s and knew all the eateries, lanes, beaches and shortcuts in and around Parksville and Qualicum. Her final months were at Little Mountain Manor in Parksville where she was cared for in comfort. She passed away with her family by her side on December 16th at the age of 90. A Celebration of her Life will be held in the spring.

She will be forever with us in our hearts.

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