October 5, 1863, Whitechapel, England.
April 16, 1905, Bromley, Kent, England.
Plaistow Cemetery, Bromley, England.
Ada was the daughter of George Edward Rose of Well Street, Whitechapel, London, and Ellen Stenson Reeve, and wife of William James Gibbs (married circa August 1898, Islington, London).
A contralto, she sang at City Temple, Holborn, London, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone, London, for five years. After joining Richard D’Oyly Carte’s company around 1885, she played the parts of Katisha in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado; Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance; Dame Carruthers in The Yeomen of the Guard; and Duchess of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers.
Gibbs parted ways with D’Oyly Carte around 1890, and began working with the Salvation Army. She also sang with Dwight Moody’s evangelistic missions, and was apparently was part of the Keswick Convention movement. Her husband William was at one time superintendent of the Methodist Central Hall in Bromley, Kent.
Her works include: