Dorothea Gilbert

Dorothea Malone Gilbert

Wednesday, June 15th, 1932 - Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
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Dorothea Malone Gilbert of Waco was born June 15, 1932 in Weir, Mississippi and passed away to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ June 26, 2019 in Waco. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Seventh & James Baptist Church, Waco, by Rev. Matt Rosencrans with burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Alton Henry Malone and Sara Gladys Malone of Edcouch; sisters, Doris Marie Malone Skillbrid, Sara Jeanette Cortino, Mildred Ann Malone; and infant sister, Marjorie Louise Malone.

Dorothea is survived by daughters, Karen Gilbert Hartley and husband Michael of Allen, and Susan Gilbert Crain and husband James of Grand Saline; sons, Larry Glenn Gilbert of Waco, and Paul Gilbert and wife Frances of Dallas; grandchildren, Marcy Bryant of Crossroads, Kristy Walters of Anna, Taylor Hartley of Allen, Joshua Gilbert of Pelion, SC, Daniel Gilbert of Dallas, and Gary Crain of Norwood, CO.; brother, Warren Malone of Red Oak; sister, Barbara Morgan of Gilmer; and nine great-grandchildren, a well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, former students and friends.

Dorothea graduated from Mercedes Texas High School in May, 1949 with her oldest sister, Doris. In 1953, she was the first generation of her family to graduate from college, Magna Cum Laude from Baylor University with a BA in Religion, Elementary Education, and Business Administration. In 1974, she received a MSEd from Baylor University.

She retired as a teacher of Waco ISD after 21 years in 1997. She first began teaching in 1960 at New Market, Indiana and also taught and earned teaching certificates in Indiana, Missouri, and Texas for a total of 37 years of educating elementary, bi-lingual and Title 1 students.

Dorothea was honored as the recipient of the Community Service Award in Ferris in 1970, and the Jefferson Community Service Award in Waco in February, 1984.

She was a member of Seventh & James Baptist Church since 1981. She directed the Seventh & James Adult Learning Center from 1980 to 1995, helping adults to read, achieve GED’s, and obtain US Citizenship.
As a 17-year-old Baylor student and self-taught pianist, she played piano in Church Missions programs in East Waco from 1949 to 1954. She was also the only pianist and organist in seven Baptist churches in Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, and Texas. She volunteered at VBS from 1955-1972, teaching children to sing Christian songs.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, July 1st, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday, July 1st, 2019 2:00pm
    Seventh & James Baptist Church
    602 James Ave.
    WACO, TX 76706
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    Rev. Matt Rosencran, officiating
  • Interment

    Oakwood Cemetery
    2124 S. 5th Street
    WACO, TX 76706
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Tammie Hartgroves

Posted at 01:20pm
Glen and family, May you find comfort and blessings in the memories of your Mother. The loss of a Mother is great and I empathize with you. My mother taught school with your mother. Sincere condolences to all of you.

danny tomlinson

Posted at 11:07am
All of us at Providence Hospice wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Gilbert. She was a very sweet lady and was obviously deeply loved by her family. May you know the presence and peace of God. May you have many wonderful memories to carry you into the future with hope and gladness. God bless you all.
Chaplain Danny Tomlinson

Charlotte Jackson

Posted at 11:27am
I really didn't have any memories as a young cousin of doing things that cousin do, but came to really know her in later years. She will be missed. We always enjoyed her and Glen coming to Mom's ( Faye Malone) in Belton for Thanksgiving. until she wasn't able to get out anymore. We always had a lot of laughs. Family in our prayers.

Charlotte Malone Jackson

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