Memorial held for Manitoba mom, two children found in bathtub
Published Thursday, August 1, 2013 6:26AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:22PM EDT
Hundreds of people gathered Thursday to remember Lisa Gibson, the 32-year-old mother of two whose body was found in the Red River three days after her children were discovered unresponsive in the family’s bathtub.
Inside a packed funeral home in Stonewall, Man., friends and family of mourned the loss of Gibson and her two children: two-year-old Anna and infant son Nicholas, who died shortly after they were found in the family’s Winnipeg-area home last week.
An overflow of mourners watched the service via broadcast at a nearby legion hall.
Those who attended the service said speakers at the funeral described Gibson as a good person and loving mother.
After the private service, mourners hugged and wiped away tears as they filed out of the funeral home.
Police have released few details about the children’s deaths, but sources told CTV News that Gibson sought treatment for postpartum depression days before her children were found dead.
Gibson was the last person with the children and her husband, Brian, wasn’t home at the time.
On Thursday, the family asked that all donations go to the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, which will be used to help create workshops for families and health care workers.
“At the end of the day, we just want to increase awareness, reduce the stigma and get people the resources they need,” Nicole Gamble. of Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, said.
A public vigil is also planned for Thursday evening at The Forks in Winnipeg. The public is being asked to bring a candle and a white flower, which will be placed in the Red River near where Gibson’s body was found.
Vigil co-organizer Karla Penner said doesn’t know the family but said watching the tragic news unfold compelled her to do something.
“For people to be able to process it together, I think, is going to be really healthy,” she told CTV Winnipeg.
Residents can also sign up for the “Run for Mums” event, which is scheduled for September 25. The Winnipeg run will also help raise money for Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.
“The more awareness we can bring for this, the better,” event organizer Eddie Marion-Gerula said.
Authorities have said the investigation into Gibson’s death and those of her two children is ongoing, and could take months to complete.
According to Gibson's obituary, the 32-year-old loved her job as a pharmacist and enjoyed the theatre, running and playing soccer. The obituary for her son, Nicholas, said the infant was just starting to smile and laugh.
A sign of thanks has been placed outside the Gibson family home where mourners had been leaving teddy bears.
“Your generous tributes to Lisa, Anna and Nicholas have been donated to child and family services in the hopes of helping other families in need,” the sign read.
With files from CTV Winnipeg's Alesia Fieldberg and The Canadian Press