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This article is about the wife of John Blythe and mother of Gilbert Blythe. You may be looking for Dave Blythe's wife, Mrs. Blythe.

Mrs. Blythe was the wife of John Blythe and the mother of Gilbert.


Early lifeEdit

She was born in an unknown village, most likely in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. In the late 1850s she met John Blythe and accepted his proposal.


They most likely got married in the early 1860s and settled down at John's farm in Avonlea. It is possible that their wedding took place earlier and they couldn't have a baby immediately after the wedding.

In 1862, she gave birth to her only son and named him Gilbert. Mrs. Blythe was very fond of cats and she kept as many of them as her husband would allow.[1]

Nine years later, John fell ill and went to Alberta with Gilbert and most likely with her. They returned back to Avonlea in summer 1876.

Later lifeEdit

Mrs. Blythe was very happy when Gilbert and Anne Shirley got engaged. She and John were invited for their wedding at Green Gables in September 1890. She often visited them in their House of Dreams in Four Winds and later in Ingleside, Glen St. Mary. During her visit in 1895, the Blythe twins Nan and Di were born. Nan inherited her brown hair and nut-brown eyes.

She died in 1898 and was buried at Avonlea graveyard. John was devastated after her death. He died one year later and was buried next to her.


Anne thought she was very merry and young-hearted.

Physical appearanceEdit

Behind the scenesEdit


  • Mrs. Blythe's granddaughter Nan didn't look like her twin Diana – instead she looked like her grandmother, with brown hair and nut-brown eyes.
  • Mrs. Blythe never met two of her granddaughters, Joyce and Rilla. Joyce died the same day she was born and Rilla was born a year after Mrs. Blythe's death.


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Book appearances

Short story appearances


  1. Anne of the Island, Chapter 36 - The Gardners' Call
    Inconsequently she remembered that Mrs. John Blythe was so fond of cats that she kept as many as her husband would allow.

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