Shirley Mae Gilbert

Passed away peacefully at Riverview Gardens, surrounded by her family, on January 4, 2021. She was born on September 18, 1923, in Anderdon Township, Essex County. Her dear husband, Murray Gilbert, predeceased her in 1990. She was the daughter of Percy and Beatrice Vollans, and sister to Gloria, all predeceased. 

Shirley will be deeply mourned by her children – sons Jim (Lisa) Gilbert and Brian (Wanda) Gilbert, and daughters Sue (Randy) McIntyre and Sandy Rader (Stephen), and grandchildren Paul (Annie) Gilbert, Cherie (Todd) Wood, Brittany (Kevin) Arthur, Rachel (Paul) Vandenberk, Kelly (Brad) Muddle, Katie McIntyre, Nicole (Jordan) Maynard and Jarrod (Kayla) Rader. Also missing her are seventeen great-grandchildren, and dear family friends Les and Georgie Waters, Marg and Heather Adams. Shirley is predeceased by her son Michael, who passed away in infancy, her son-in-law Ron Rader and grandson Jamie Gilbert.. 

Survived by her in-laws Jean Gilbert, Mary Ellen Mortier, Evelyn Patterson, and Dick and Ruth Gilbert. Predeceased by sisters and brothers-in-law Jean and Gerald Jones, Nora and Percy Herbert, Glen Gilbert, Eldon and Mary Gilbert, Bert Mortier, Velma and Ken Rose, and Ross Patterson.

Murray and Shirley enjoyed many years on the Raleigh Township farm. They were blessed to experience many travel opportunities together.  Shirley was an avid reader, gardener, sewer and cook. She shared her wonderful gifts generously with family and friends. Each child and grandchild enjoyed her many culinary skills and had their own special requests and relationship with this caring and creative woman. Shirley lived a long and fruitful life. We shall not see her like again. She will be missed greatly.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation or the Canadian Association of Mental Health are welcomed.

A visitation will take place on Friday January 8, 2021 from 9 -11 am at Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc. (397 McNaughton Ave W., Chatham). Those planning to attend visitation must pre-register by calling 519-351-4444 to reserve a time slot, as the current COVID-19 restrictions allow 10 persons at a time. We appreciate your patience as we continue to follow all guidelines set out by health officials and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario. 

29 Comments on “Shirley Mae Gilbert”

  1. I always found Shirley to be a warm and lovely person who showed sincere interest in everyone she met. She will be greatly missed by everyone who came to know and love her. My sincere condolences to the whole family.

  2. Please accept our condolences to the family and friends that she impacted. Shirley was such a beautiful person, she will be missed dearly.

  3. Dear Gilbert Family….
    Please know we are thinking of you at this time and holding you close to our hearts.
    Nancy and Doug

  4. To all of the Gilbert Family, I am so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. You have an angel watching over you all.

  5. Gilbert Family, Sorry for the loss of your mother especially during these difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Your mom is at rest and at peace. She left a legacy of her sewing and recipes. We keep you all in our prayers as no matter how long you have had your mother she will always be missed.
    Greg and Janis Taylor

  7. Deepest sympathy to the Gilbert family, especially Sue and Dick and Ruth. She will be a guardian angel looking down on you.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jim & Lisa, so sorry to here of your mom’s passing.

  9. Heartfelt condolences to the Gilbert family for their loss of Aunt Shirley . She was a wonderful , strong willed , survivor of a long lifetime of family and memories . I have many childhood memories of on the farm visits during the summer vacation while the Gilbert men harvested the crops and if we were lucky, we got to drive the tractor in the fields………….fun time for a city slicker.
    May God grant you peace and strength during your time of loss. Her journey continues on the other side and she will be busy seeing all of her loved ones who left before her.

  10. Jim. Lisa and family. Shirley was a wonderful friend and will be so missed by many. She and I had many fun days through the Historical Festivals and then became close friends when I moved to Regal Towers where we had many fun hours playing cards. She shared so many interesting stories . She was a kind ,sweet lady. May your memories help comfort you. Faye

  11. I’ll never forget your love for peaches at dessert. the love for your family when we talked about them. your smile all the time. your gentleness and love just always around you. rest in the sweetest peace you beautiful angel. i’ll never forget you or your smile shirl. xxoo

  12. To the Gilbert families,
    So sorry to hear of your mother/grandmother’s passing.
    Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Doug & Mary Anne Hodgson

  13. The Gilbert Family,
    please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Shirley. She was such a kind and lovely woman and will be deeply missed.

    Bec & Ric Rossini

  14. The Gilbert Family,
    Sorry to hear about your mother and grandmother’s death. She will live on in your hearts forever. The values and lessons she taught you all during her long life will guide you through life.

    Brenda & Frank Hoyles

  15. To Aunt Shirley’s family, sincere condolences. Always so pleasant, she will be missed. Remember the good times, the laughter, the good life lived and may those wonderful memories help ease the sorrow.

  16. Dear Cousins,
    Remembering Aunt Shirley warmly, she had a joyful nature, and thinking of you now in your time of loss.

    Love,
    Paul Herbert

  17. Dear family,— I am truly sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She was an amazing friend and stand in Mom to me for 10 years,
    We had many visits every night after supper. I loved all the stories she shared with me from her travels.
    What a remarkable woman and a loving grandmother always making something for them.
    I loved her so much.
    Farewell Shirley

  18. Grandma Gilbert was a wonderful lady , Always so kind and loving. Even though our girls were her step-great Grandchildren she also made them one of her amazing quilts. We will miss her . Hugs to the family for your loss. Love the Monique, Mark, Paige and Meghan

  19. I truly felt saddened when you e-mailed me about the passing of your mother Sue. Thank you for letting me know. I’m just seeing it now on Facebook. She was a remarkable lady and a dear friend to me. I will never forget the many nights we spent time together after supper just sitting and chatting. She always had a tale to tell me about her many travels. She loved her grandchildren dearly and was always making them something. I will always treasure her friendship and the memories.
    Farewell dear Shirley

  20. To the Gilbert Family,
    My condolences on the passing of your mom and grandmother. Cherish all those wonderful memories you have of her and keep them in your hearts forever. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. To the Gilbert Family,

    We are thinking of you at this difficult time and send our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother.

    Mike & Kathy Flanagan

  22. I was very sad to learn of Aunt Shirley’s passing and extend my condolences to all of her family and friends.
    I have many fond memories of visiting Aunt Shirley and Uncle Murray’s farm during visits to Chatham. I’ll always remember Aunt Shirley for her very warm, kind disposition and wonderful laugh.

  23. When Greg and i think of Aunt Shirley we cannot help but smile as we remember the wonderful memories we shared with her and the family when we were together. She was such a lovely lady and we know she will be missed by all.
    We send our condolences to our cousins and everyone in their families. Lots of love always , Kathi (Gilbert) Wilkinson and Greg Gilbert

  24. Sincere sympathy to the Gilbert family at this sad and difficult time. Hoping you are able to share memories and be comforted as you remember your mother and grandmother. Thinking of you.

  25. I was so sorry to read of your mother’s passing, Jim. I still remember her smiling face whenever we met. Your family is in my prayers.

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