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Date of Passing: Jul 28, 2021

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1950 – 2021

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Betsy Gibbons at the Grace Hospital on the evening of July 28, 2021. Betsy had suffered declining health for several years and there is some comfort in knowing that she now has relief from her considerable pain.
She is predeceased by her loving parents, Ida and Harry, as well as by her parents-in-law, Dorothy and Harry.
She is survived by her adoring husband of 52 years, Kenneth; and her devoted brother Robert Frender of Edmonton, AB. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Nancy Reed, Anita Gras, and Alane Spencer, as well as brother-in-law Richard Gibbons. Her extended family includes cousins, Lorraine, Shelly, Erica, Ron, David and Carla. Among many nieces and nephews, Jesse has been especially close to Betsy and often a source of great wisdom for her.
While earning her BA at McGill, she travelled to New Jersey where she met future husband Ken. After luring him to Canada, they did graduate work at Carleton before moving to Winnipeg, where she worked in the public sector for decades as a sociological researcher, most notably at the Public Interest Law Centre.
She was an avid swimmer, hiker and gardener, and enjoyed travelling to Europe in her earlier years, and later in life to the American southwest. After retiring, she started a crafting business, selling her one-of-a-kind hairbands in several local stores. Dining out as a romantic couple with her husband, or with larger groups of friends, ranked among her most cherished activities. She was a witty and intelligent conversationalist, as well as a very warm, vivacious, and engaging personality. Her smile was infectious, but became less frequent in her last years, when multiple health problems prevented her from enjoying the activities that she treasured. Even so, she remained a loving wife to the end.
Cremation will take place, and a memorial service to celebrate her life is being planned for later in the year.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice in Betsy's name.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 04, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I am so sad to hear of Betsy's passing. I worked with Betsy at the Public Interest Law Centre for many years. She was a brilliant researcher on issues of social policy and law. She had an inimitable ability to find leading North American expert witnesses and convince them to work with us for free. Betsy was a brilliant intellectual and a better person. I have two Betsy stories. She and I spent many hours supporting our boss Arne Peltz on a challenge to federal legislation that denied prisoners to vote in federal elections. The legal research and social science evidence that Betsy developed was instrumental in a successful result with the Supreme Court expressly citing an obscure case from South Africa that she found. I also remember a road trip to Swan River that Betsy and I took on behalf of two First Nations. Betsy was such a joy to travel with. I was honoured to learn a number of Yiddish phrases. Byron Williams, Director, Public Interest Law Centre - Posted by: Byron Williams (Co-worker at the Public Interest Law Centre) on: Aug 05, 2021

  • I'm so sorry to learn of Betsy's death. I met Betsy when she worked for the Public Interest Law Centre and I worked in the Law Courts library. We shared many interests. She was indeed a warm, friendly, interesting person. I regret we never had that Indian dinner we had planned. My condolences, Ken. - Posted by: Kay Hughes (friend) on: Aug 04, 2021

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