Mrs Edwin Nelson Kimball was born as Susan Gertrude Parsons in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts on 4 October 1866.
She was the daughter of Isaac Parsons (1829-1910), a merchant of paints, oils and pharmaceuticals, and Anna Grans Smith (1833-1891), both natives of Massachusetts who had married on 16 November 1852. Her known siblings were: Anna (1855-1857), Ellen "Nellie" Jane (1857-1955, later Mrs Warren Kyle) and Fannie (1859-1945, later Mrs John Arnold).
She first appears on the 1870 census living in Northampton and would still be present there by the time of the 1880 census.
She was married on 26 September 1893 in Brookline, Massachusetts to Edwin Nelson Kimball (b. 1870), a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and they appeared on the 1900 census living in Brookline, Massachusetts and on the 1910 census in Boston. Edwin was the president of the Hallet & Davis Piano Company in Boston, Massachusetts. The couple remained childless.
Travelling as first class passengers (ticket number 11753 which cost £52, 11s, 1d), the Kimballs occupied cabin D-19. On the night of the sinking the couple were rescued in lifeboat 5 along with their friends Richard and Sallie Beckwith and Karl Behr and Helen Newsom.
In years after the sinking Gertrude continued to reside in Massachusetts and was shown on the 1920 census living with her husband in Newton, Middlesex. She was widowed in 1927 and on the 1930 census was shown living in Boston with her widowed sister Ellen Kyle.
Gertrude remained living in Boston at 5 Arlington Street. She died however at Wellesley Manor, Wellesley, Massachusetts on 21 March 1962 aged 95 and was buried with her late husband in Newton Cemetery, West Newton, Massachusetts.