Shirley D. Gilbert, age 76, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Shirley was born on March 24, 1944 in Woodhull to the late Harold & Verda (Bebout) Watkins. Shirley was a homemaker and loved her family dearly. She enjoyed taking care of her chickens and cats, and tending to her barn animals. Shirley was very kind and loving and she loved nothing more than spending time with her grandchildren. In 1977, Shirley became the first female firefighter in Livingston County.
In addition to her parents, Shirley is also predeceased by her husband, Carl E. Gilbert who passed in 1997 and her brothers: Eugene, James & Robert Watkins.
Shirley is survived by her children: Melody (Kevin) Robinson, Dawn (Jeff Schmidt) Barrett-Schmidt, & Marilyn Kimble; her grandchildren: Nicholas (Deb Revera) Robinson, Shannon Robinson, Dylan Schmidt, Konnor Schmidt, Kameron Schmidt, Corey Kimble, Kylie Kimble, & Alyssa Kimble; her great-grandchildren: Everleigh & Corbin; her brothers: Gary and Douglas Watkins; and many dear friends in the community.
The public is invited to call from 4pm – 7pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at the Chamberlin-Baird Funeral Home, 73 Main Street, Dansville NY 14437. Funeral & burial services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. *Masks and social distancing will be in effect at the funeral home; please enter under the portico on the side driveway and exit through the front door facing Main Street.*
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to the Sparta Center Fire Department, 8479 Reeds Corners Road, Dansville NY 14437.