Lucille Dorothy (Weaver) Gilbert, 80, formerly of Brookings, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at ManorCare Health Services in Aberdeen.
The memorial service is at 4 p.m. Saturday at GracePoint Wesleyan Church in Brookings, with the Rev. Clarence Grebner officiating. Burial is at Touchet Cemetery in Touchet, Wash.
Arrangements are being handled by Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St., Aberdeen.
Lucille Dorothy (Weaver) Gilbert was born Oct. 13, 1932, at a neighbor’s home in rural Touchet, Wash., to William and Vina (Poirier) Weaver, the youngest of six children. She grew up milking cows and tending the farm with her family in Gardena, Wash. She graduated from Touchet High School in 1950 and went on to study at Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Mo., majoring in missions.
It was in college that she met and later married Howard Alden Gilbert of Coulee City, Wash. They were married June 28, 1957, and moved to Ilwaco, Wash. After living and serving at the Assembly of God church in Ilwaco, Pullman and Corvallis, Ore., the Gilberts moved to Brookings in 1966.
After finding there was a need for day care providers, Dorothy decided to start her “missions” work of serving over 200 children and their families until she retired as a “day care Grandma” in 2000.
Dorothy was extremely involved with the Brookings First Assembly of God church, from the first Sunday it opened its doors at the former Brookings County Extension office in 1969 and later at the Brookings Wesleyan Church from 1977 until 2000.
Dorothy loved opening her home to college students and often had many of them for Hobo Day Chili Feeds.
She is survived by her sons, Doug (Marla) of Bridgewater and Dan (MaryKay) of Brookings; her daughters, Dawnna (David) Berndt of White and Debra (Brian) LaCroix of Aberdeen; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, John Weaver of Walla Walla, Wash., brothers-in-law Truman Winegar of Ellensburg, Wash., and James Trumble of Colorado Springs, Colo. and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a sister-in-law, four sisters, one brother-in-law, a niece and two nephews.
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