Orangewood Presbyterian Church
7321 N 10th St
Phoenix, AZ 85020
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Jeanne Gilbert (Roth)

Phoenix - JEANNE GILBERT (ROTH) 90, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on March 24,2018. Jeanne was the oldest of 3 siblings and was raised in a small farming community in Southwest Iowa. Jeanne is survived by her brother Charles and his wife and two nephews and their families. She graduated from Simpson College in 1948 and struck out on a music teaching career in several cities in Iowa before moving to Phoenix in 1958 where she began a long illustrious teaching career in the Madison School District. She established an outstanding music program at Madison No. 1 which became the model for other schools in the district. Her students, some would remember her as Jeanne Roth, were often called upon to present programs for the State of Arizona Department of Instruction annual teacher's convention. She received many awards, including the Raymond G. Vangeist Advocacy Award in 1999. the John C. Faris Music Educator Legacy Award in 2014 and several Madison School District Outstanding Teacher Awards. Upon her retirement in 1989, she became Co-chair of the Music Memory project curriculum, which had been established in the 1960's by Madison District Music Coordinator, Ardith Shelly. It was through her tireless efforts that the listening program was implemented In many other school districts. Jeanne prepared the guide booklets along with making all the arrangements for the annual concerts attended by nearly 8,000 school children. She enjoyed sharing her talents as a hand-bell player/director and choir member with two church families.

She was an avid traveler which ranged from her safaris in Africa to the polar bears in Churchill, Canada and from the Great Wall of China to the barrier reef in Australia. A memorial service will be held for her at 11:00 a.m. at Orangewood Presbyterian Church,7321 N 10th St in Phoenix on Saturday June 16.
Published in The Arizona Republic from June 10 to June 13, 2018
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