Shirley Ann Gilbert, 55, of Kokomo, left her earthly home at 2:05 PM Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation. She went to her Heavenly home in the arms of Jesus to be with Him and her Dad and all her loved ones that went before her, with no more pain. She was born October 8, 1956 to Clifford and Carol Shelby in Peru, IN. She was a lifetime resident of Kokomo. She graduated from Taylor High School in 1975. On July 31, 1983, she married John E. Gilbert, who preceded her in death June 16, 1997. On July 18, 1998, she married Jerry Gilbert, and he survives. She worked at Hills, Big R, and Ayr-Way in the past. Most recently she worked 10 years at Walmart and was Assistant Manager at Goodwill for 8 years. She loved to help people and take long rides in the country and see different cities. She loved her family dearly. She loved to eat at Friendly’s in Ohio and Texas Roadhouse in Kokomo. She was an avid Civil War buff, Coca-Cola collector, and loved to read books and her Bible. She loved her two cats Whinnie and Tigger. She sponsored a foreign child in the middle 70’s.
Shirley is survived by her husband Jerry Gilbert, her mother Cynthia Carol Shelby, two brothers Clifford L. Jr. (Colleen) Shelby and Edward A. (Lorinda) Shelby; uncle Sherman C. Shelby Jr., several nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her father Clifford Shelby Sr., her grandparents Charles Franklin and Lola Blye, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main Street, Kokomo. Pastor Ron Forsythe will officiate. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the mortuary.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society with envelopes available at the mortuary. You may read Shirley’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com where you can sign the guestbook, order flowers, make a memorial donation, or share a personal message to the family. Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel is handling arrangements.