Dorothy R. Gilbert

Dorothy R. Gilbert, RN and Methodist missionary, went home to be with her Lord on Friday evening, Nov. 2, 2012, at the United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village Campus.

Dorothy was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on July 26, 1920, to the Rev. Charles and Ruth Gilbert, who taught her about the ministry of Mission.

Dorothy enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps upon graduating from Nesbitt Hospital Nursing School and served in Hawaii, Okinawa and Japan during World War II. When she returned, she earned a degree in nursing education at the University of Pennsylvania.

She was commissioned a missionary of the Methodist Church in 1951 and served in the Belgian Congo for 27 years. During her furloughs from the mission field, she continued her education and obtained a certificate in nurse-midwifery and a Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University. She continued her work at Mission Headquarters in New York, Sierra Leone, Zaire and Benin for a total of 40 years.

Dorothy came to live at Wesley Village in 1992, where she became a beloved volunteer and friend. She was a certified lay speaker, delegate to the Wyoming Annual Conference and organist at two churches and at age 77 volunteered in Haiti. Dottie spoke several languages fluently. However, in whatever language she spoke, you heard her love for Jesus and those who serve Him.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with the Rev. Nancy Pitely, director of pastoral services at Wesley Village, officiating. Interment will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, Exeter Township. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Village Fund for Music, 209 Roberts Road, Pittston, PA 18640.

Published in Citizens' Voice from Nov. 4 to Nov. 7, 2012