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Patricia L. Gilbert, age 75, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018. She was born on Aug. 9, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo., and was the daughter of Julian and Gertrude (Wiesing) Smith.
Patricia worked as an accounts representative for Freeman Health System before retiring in 2007. She is a member of the LDS Church in Joplin. Patricia loved to spend time with her family, doing genealogy, crocheting and teaching Sunday school.
She married Charles H. Gilbert on August 31, 1963. He preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1994.
She was also preceded by her parents.
Survivors include her daughter, Michelle Schopper and husband, John, of Joplin; three sons, Edward Gilbert and wife, Yvonne, of Dolores, Colo., Ronald Gilbert, of Joplin, Robert Gilbert and wife, Jennifer, of Joplin; a step-daughter, Celene Gay and husband, Ron, of Wallowa, Ore.; one brother, Ronald Smith, of Lee Summit, Mo.; three sisters, JoAnn Howard, of Kansas City, Donna Popplewell, of Joplin, Jeannine Parkinson, of Kansas City; 11 grandchildren, Jamie Gilbert, Lindsey Rawlins, Austin Gilbert, Jessica Gilbert, Emily Gilbert, Garrett Gilbert, Jordyn Gilbert, Harlie Valdez, Brendan Gilbert, Abigail Gilbert and Aubrie Schopper; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Joplin. Burial will follow at Saginaw Cemetery. The family will receive friends during a time of visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at Mason-Woodard.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on March 13, 2018
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