March 30, 1918 ~ April 9, 2014
Leota Gilbert passed away April 9, 2014, surrounded by the love of her children. She was born March 30, 1918, in Wynnewood, OK. After completion of the seventh grade, Lee left school to care for her mother and help with the family farm responsibilities. She met and later married Thomas “Bunk” Gilbert on March 12, 1936. Lee and Bunk migrated to and settled in Manson, WA in 1942, where she had resided for the past 72 years. Lee worked in local orchards and packing sheds until starting a career in the J.C. Penney store in downtown Chelan. She was very proud of the many service awards received while there. Lee and Bunk constructed their home and planted their own orchard. In the early 90’s, Lee began selling her garden produce and flowers at the Manson Farmer’s Market, where she was well known as the “flower lady”. Many of her customers waited all year to buy the bouquets that Lee produced from her beautiful dahlia and rose gardens. She continued selling at “the market” until the year she turned 90. Lee continued to have great love for her family, home, and flowers throughout her lifetime. She enjoyed visiting in her home with family and friends.
Lee was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Charles and Ella Long; brother, Jay Long; sisters, DeEtta Long and Golda Clark; and grandsons, Nick Schwader and David Gilbert. She is survived by her daughters, MaryAnn Jones of San Jose, CA and Delores Fraught (companion, Greg Becker) of Entiat; sons, Tommy Gilbert (Katherine) of Longview, WA and Jimmy Gilbert (Lucinda) of Manson; seven grandchildren, Deborah Schwader, Tammy Contreras, Penny Baker, Wendy House, LeAnn Smith, Brent Gilbert, and Rodney Schrader; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She will be missed by many, but never forgotten.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Precht Rose Chapel in Chelan, followed by Interment at Fraternal Cemetery in Chelan, WA. Arrangements by Precht Rose Chapel, Chelan.