Trilby Gilbert

Trilby Mae Gilbert

Monday July 20, 1931 - Friday October 9, 2020
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Trilby Mae Gilbert was born on July 20, 1931 in Chicago, IL to the late Leo And Della Gilbert. She departed her earthly body on October 9, 2020 at home after saying her evening prayers. Trilby was a devout Buddhist for over 50 years.
Throughout her life Trilby was a hard worker. Her first job was answering the phone at her family’s moving business. After her father sold this business, he opened his own locksmith shop. At age 11 Trilby got a special learner’s permit to drive her father to and from his jobs because of his declining health due to emphysema.
Trilby became the head of household at age 17 after her father’s passing. She would attend high school during the day and go out on jobs in the evening. Trilby was the first female professional and bonded locksmith in Chicago.
Trilby graduated from Du Sable High School in 1949. Then she attended Roosevelt College from 1949-1950. Next, she attended Wilson Jr. College from 1951-1954. In 1955, she became an ordained minister in the Pentecostal Church, where she served as an assistant pastor.
In 1964 Trilby began working for Continental National Bank and Trust Company. She worked there for 25 years as a mortgage banker.
Trilby moved to California in 1989. She was employed with Lockheed Martin Data Corporation for 8 years. Her final job was from 1999-2002 at the Santa Clara County Division of Social Services. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2002.
In 2012 Trilby was reunited with her son, Gildon. Trilby moved to Absecon in 2015 where she resided with her son and his family.
Trilby spent her spare time talking to friends on the phone, reading, and watching sports. Prior to the pandemic, she enjoyed shopping at Walmart and Whole Foods, eating out, and going to the movies on Senior Tuesdays.
Trilby will be remembered for her great spirit and love of life. She was always willing to help out if someone needed anything.
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Henrietta Shelton

Posted at 01:32pm
So sorry to hear of Trilbys death, I had the pleasure of knowing her through her Buddhist practice she will be missed. My condolences to her family
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