Elmyra Gainsborough (エルミナ・ゲインズブール, Erumina Geinzubūru?) is the adoptive mother of Aerith Gainsborough in Final Fantasy VII. She appears in Final Fantasy VII and is mentioned in On the Way to a Smile "Case of Tifa".
Elmyra has short, brown hair (dark and a similar color to Aerith in her in-game model, but lighter in her artwork), and wears a green dress with a white apron. Her attire is similar to that of a typical traditonal housewife.
Due mostly to her own past, Elmyra cares deeply for Aerith, and is protective of her. She is quick to sympathize with anyone who has a family member to care for, though cannot understand if that person could possibly leave them.
In Elmyra's past her husband was drafted into the Shinra military during the Wutai War, and was killed before he was due to go on leave. While waiting for hi at the Sector 7 train station before receiving the letter from Shinra informing her of his death, she discovered Aerith with her dying mother, Ifalna, who begged her to protect Aeris before passing away.
Elmyra cared for Aeris and protected her from harm. She noticed Aeris's strange powers when Aeris said she knew Elmyra's husband had died before notification from Shinra arrived, but did not talk about them often to keep Aeris from becoming afraid.
When Aeris returns home with Cloud as her bodyguard, Elmyra asks him to leave in the night so as to protect Aeris from Shinra and SOLDIER. He does so, but Aeris follows him. She rushes back to the house with a little girl called Marlene whom she had promised to protect, and becomes kidnapped when the Turks follow her.
Cloud returns to Elmyra's house with Barret and Tifa where they learn of Aeris's past. Elmyra agrees to look after Marlene, Barret's daughter, but criticizes him for leaving his daughter alone. Cloud, Barret and Tifa vow to rescue Aeris from Shinra, and later Reeve, a Shinra executive sympathetic to Cloud's group's plight, places Elmyra and Marlene in hiding in Kalm. Elmyra and Marlene are locked away, and Reeve brings her the news of Aeris's death later on.
After Meteorfall Cloud, Tifa, and Barret visit Elmyra and Marlene in Kalm. Elmyra makes it clear she does not blame them for Aerith's death, knowing it was Sephiroth who killed her. She later becomes one of the clients of Cloud's delivery service, wanting a bouquet brought to the Forgotten Capital, Aerith's final resting place.
Gainsborough is a town 15 miles north-west of Lincoln on the River Trent within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. Many European surnames derive from locations.