CONTINENTAL -- Margaret Gilbert passed from this life at 6:55 a.m. Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born on January 12, 1928, in Palmyra, Michigan, to Henry and Rebecca Waltman, who preceded her in death. At a young age she moved to Evansport, Ohio, where she attended the old Tiffin school. She completed her junior and senior year at Continental High School after the family moved there in 1945. She graduated salutatorian of her class in 1946. She attended Warner Beauty School in Fort Wayne, Ind. She worked for General Electric in Fort Wayne and Toledo, Ohio, as a housekeeper. She also worked at Henry's Hatchery in Continental, Ohio. On June 27, 1959, she married Howard Gilbert. Margaret then worked as a bookkeeper for the Lucky Lanes. Later, she was a housekeeper and babysitter in the Continental area as well as part-time custodian at Continental Elementary School. Margaret was a member of the Free Methodist Church (later called New Life Church). She loved the rural northwest Ohio communities she lived in and often told her children and grandchildren about her time as a young girl.
She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jamie Leigh; a half brother, Arlo Dunlap; and a sister, Georgia Prowant.
She will be sadly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Perry Evans; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Moipone Gilbert; son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Bridget Gilbert; stepdaughters, Sharon Gilbert and Jackie Bragg; grandchildren, Leigh Ann (Patrick) Shepherd, Rebecca Zainea, Stuart (Chelsea) Zainea, Ian Zainea, Wesley and Conor Gilbert, Maggie, Brandon, Emily and Sarah Gilbert; stepgranddaughter, Nicole Putteet; great-stepgranchildren, AJ Manor and Gabrielle Putteet; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Nora, and Jane Shepherd, Madilynn Zainea, and one on the way; nieces, Joni Swager, Jeanie Rader and Jayne Prowant.
Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, with Jill Brecht officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013, and one hour before the services on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the PATH Center of Defiance or the Continental Public Library. Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.