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MARGARET WILKINS, 77
Gainesville-Margaret Wilkins Gibbs, 77, died peacefully in her sleep on March 21, 2014, in the Oak Hammock Pavilion under the care of Haven Hospice. She had had a long and courageous struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Margaret was born in Fort Wayne, IN on July 20, 1936, to Robert and Louise Wilkins. She was the youngest of four sisters: Marcia, Irma, Betsy and Margaret. She was graduated from South Side High School and later from the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. After 7 years of dating she married her high school sweetheart Charlie on August 23rd, 1958, at the Plymouth Congregational Church where she was a member. She then worked as a nurse at Indiana University's Robert Long Hospital, putting Charlie through medical school. Margaret retired from nursing after the birth of the first of her three sons. Thereafter she assumed the full time role of warm and loving mother and wife devoted to the well-being of her family. After several moves for the purposes of education and military service, the family arrived in Gainesville, FL. Florida suited her well as Margaret shared her love of golf and boating with Charlie and the boys almost every weekend. She was an active volunteer with her boys' activities and with the Lady Gator Golf Boosters. In 1986 Margaret and Charlie moved to Denver, CO where she supported Charlie in his new role as Chairman of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado. Entering a new phase of life with her boys now grown, Margaret became a driving force in numerous volunteer activities while fine tuning her golf game. She was active in the Junior League and a steadfast volunteer at the University Hospital. Following retirement in 2002, Charlie and Margaret moved back to Gainesville where they had fond memories, good friends and family, feeling blessed with all three children in the state. It was just prior to this final move that Margaret was diagnosed with her ultimately fatal disease. Nonetheless, she continued to volunteer, often again with the Lady Gator Golf Boosters.
Margaret was preceded in death by two sisters, Betsy and Irma. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Charlie, her sister Marcia, and her three children: Parker (Micaela) of Gainesville, FL, Eric (Lauren) of Orlando, FL, and Gordon (Gina) of Ormond Beach, FL. She is also survived by her five loving grandchildren; Eric, Jr., Stephen, Caroline, Alexandra and Jillian.
Funeral services will be at the Gainesville Country Club Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM. The family requests memorial donations be directed to support Alzheimer's research in the lab of Dr. Borchelt at the University of Florida. Please make donations by check payable to the UF Foundation, PO Box 100243, Gainesville, FL 32610, indicating the donation in memory of Margaret Gibbs.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601
Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. of Gainesville
311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601-1803
Published in Gainesville Sun from Mar. 24 to Mar. 26, 2014