Dorothy R. Gilbert

Nov. 2, 2012

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 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 and Okinawa, 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 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 Thursday at 11 a.m. in the 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 the Mount Zion Cemetery, Exeter Township. Friends may call Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service 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 Times Leader on Nov. 7, 2012