Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away. Our family is comforted in knowing that Willie Mae Gibert had both before she transitioned to be with her Lord. She was covered in the love of her eldest daughter.
Willie Mae was born in Mississippi. She was the younger of two daughters, affectionately known as Big Bae (Lenora)& Lil Bae (Willie Mae). Willie Mae was a shy but spirited girl. She was a diligent worker and learned the value of rising early to embark on a productive day from her days growing up on a farm.
Like many young adults in search of their dreams, Mae, as she was also called, left the south with her aunt, and moved to Evanston, Illinois. She soon found a job and began her new life. Not long after, Mae was introduced to John and they were married soon after. John and Mae were two peas in a pod, both hard workers who were dedicated to building a family and a legacy. Their 52-year union bore five children.
A woman of strength & honor, Willie Mae not only went to work and took care of the house & children, she also worked alongside her husband maintaining their well-manicured lawns and gardens. Flowers brought her such delight, she loved watching them bloom and having bouquets to brighten the house. Instilling the value of saving money, Willie Mae collected and gifted unique coin banks to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved unique coins and coin collecting.
Willie Mae was dedicated to her family. She loved visiting with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and nothing brought her joy like the birth of a new baby! Willie Mae kept a stock of popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and loads of toys ready for hours of entertainment.
While we are deeply grieved by the loss of one of the pillars in our family, we are also thankful for the chance to have loved her. We keep her in our minds and hearts, where her memory will live on.
Arrangement entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette~ Funeral Director
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