Margaret Gilbert: 1920-2011
Edna Margaret Gilbert was born on the family farm at Big Bend (near Wiley) Colorado June 1, 1920 to Robert and Edna Sterrett. She passed away at the Kremmling Memorial Hospital Dec. 31, 2011 after a long illness.She was a graduate of Las Animas High School and Blair Business College in Colorado Springs. While working in Colorado Springs during WWII, she met her husband Paul Gilbert who was serving in the Army Air Corps at Fort Carson. They were married in St. Louis, Missouri on April 9, 1945.They returned to Colorado after the war and Paul resumed his career with the Colorado Game & Fish Department, first in Montrose, then Middle Park in 1950. It was a place they loved and never left. Margaret worked in Hot Sulphur Springs for Smithson’s Caf and the US Post Office. In 1966 she began working for the Grand County Treasurer’s Office and was appointed Grand County Treasurer in 1972. She was re-elected in 1974 and served as Treasurer until her retirement in 1978. After retirement, Margaret and Paul traveled throughout Colorado and the southwest in their VW camper exploring prehistoric cultures and enjoying the scenery. Margaret was also a member of the Timberline Tramps, trekking with good friends and learning the botany of this area with their guide, and her husband, Paul.Margaret had two boys: James R. (Crick) Gilbert and Paul T. (Tim) Gilbert. Crick is a retired professor in Winterport, Maine, married to Donna. Tim lives in Grand Lake with his wife Karen.Margaret was predeceased by Paul in 2008 after 63 years of marriage. In addition to Paul, her younger sister, Florence Cornelius, and her parents preceded her in death. Margaret leaves three grandsons, a granddaughter and one great grandson.Memorial Services will be held on Jan. 21at 1:30 p.m. at the Kremmling Community Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Margaret’s name to Heart of the Mountains Hospice, Cliffview Assisted Living or the Kremmling Hospital.Leave a condolence for the family, share a story about Margaret or add a photo to Margaret’s “Book of Memories” at http://www.grandcountymortuary.com. Mark H. Shearon, Funeral Director, Grand County Mortuary, is in charge of arrangements. 970-725-9010.
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