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Dorothy Jane Gilbert

Dorothy Jane Loewen Waner Gilbert was born on October 4, 1930, at the Hillsboro, Kansas hospital; the daughter of John and Susie (Arbsland) Loewen.  She died on January 6, 2020, at Hillsboro Community Hospital.  Dorothy grew up north of Peabody, attending Country School #58 and when it closed, she went to Peabody grade school and high school graduating with the class of 1948.  She worked at the Peabody High School until her marriage to Alfred Waner in November of 1948.  They lived on a farm east of Florence for 13 years and resided in Marion for a year, then they purchased their farm and moved backed to the country in 1962.  Mr. Waner passed away in 1974.  In 1981, she was united in marriage to Laurence Gilbert.  Mr. Gilbert passed away in 2010.  Dorothy enjoyed sewing, making almost 400 quilts.  She had quilts in nearly all 48 states, several foreign countries and one in the textile cottage in Mt. Hope, England. She also liked country music, making two quilts for Merle Haggard and a 7500-page scrapbook on his career.  The scrapbook is in the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum and Library in Nashville.  Dorothy also shot trap and was elected to the state board of directors, serving as president of the board.  She loved to garden and work outside helping with farming and livestock.  She moved from the farm in 2015 to Salem Apartments in Hillsboro where she resided until her passing. There will be no formal services.   Her cremains will be buried in the Youngstown Cemetery next to her two husbands at a later date.  She is survived by her adopted son  Lynn (Sue) Applegate and family, a niece and nephews, special friends Wayne (Jane) Weber, Thad and Janie Meierhoff who helped care for her in her later years.  Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion is serving the family.  Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Dorothy at www.ymzfh.com.

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Keith & Cathy

Aunt Dorothy came to California to my father Tommy Littles house in Paradise Calif in 1987 then lost contact until she found us in early 2000 after my fathers death. We kept in close contact by phone from here in Calif since that time. We gathered our sons and grandchildren and made our call to Aunt Dorothy at this last Christmas gathering, she enjoyed talking to the grandkids and always loved talking to my husband Keith.
Aunt Dorothy was my Husbands mothers ( Patty Karen Arbsland) aunt. Through phone conversations she knew our children and grandchildren and would always ask about each of them when we talked. Aunt Dorothy will be truly missed

Keith & Cathy Little Feb 25 2020 12:00 AM

Dorothy was a sweet friend. I enjoyed her very much. I will miss my visits with her at the Salem Apartment, and I am so grateful for the beautiful quilt she gave me.

Peggy Goertzen Jan 13 2020 12:00 AM

Before even meeting Dorothy, Jane and Wayne Weber brought us a gift of one of Dorothy's beautiful quilts which she gave us. Later on, she also gave us another quilts so each of our boys would have one of her quilts. She was always upbeat, generous, thoughtful and kind. She always thought of others before she thought of herself. She had a full and loving life, and we admired her ability to plan her life and later years with a sharp mind and a strong power of will. We will always remember her wonderful, artistic quilts and her generosity. We always exchanged holiday cards over the years and we will cherish her last Christmas card which we received 2 weeks ago. Rest in peace, Dorothy. We will miss you.

The Birds -- Geneva, Switzerland Jan 12 2020 12:00 AM

Dorothy was always busy. She had a variety of hobbies. In addition to quilting, she also enjoyed collecting Merle Haggard memorabilia which lead to the huge scrapbook that is in the Country Music Hall of Fame. She also enjoyed collecting vintage dishware and depression glass.
Dorothy was always a generous friend, giving of her time, advise and gifts. She also shared many interesting stories about her childhood years, trap shooting days and exciting trips.
Dorothy was one in a million and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Lynn and Sue Applegate Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dorothy Gilbert

Family of Lynn and Sue Applegate Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

Remembering the Peabody Class of 1948.
Mr. Bradshaw in Grade School. Mr. H. H. Brown , and Mr. Floyd Talley in High School. Shapers of young people whose ranks are thinning. We had favorite teachers, but more important we had each other. Some came and went, and 26 of us graduated from PHS......see you later Dorothy.
Herschel L. Stroud, 48

Herschel L. Stroud Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

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