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Emma (Gaye) Grace Gilbert Blaine

Cheektowaga, NY - A funeral service for Emma (Gaye) Grace Gilbert, 92, formerly of Newark, Ohio, will be held at a later date. She has graciously donated her body to The University at Buffalo, NY, for scientific research, as she wanted to continue helping the community even in her passing. She was always active in life, and was sad that her battle with Alzheimer's and breast cancer limited her previous activities.

Gaye passed away July 2, 2018, at her daughter, Sally Baker's home, in Cheektowaga, NY, She was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Benton, Illinois, to the late James D. & Flossie (Pemberton) Miller.

Gaye attended undergraduate studies for music at the The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio. She married James Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Jr., on June 3, 1948, at The First Baptist Church, in Benton. They moved to Bob's hometown of Newark, where they lived their life together for 50 years.

She later converted to Catholicism, to honor her husband, by living in his Christian faith. She loved The Lord and shared her great faith with everyone. She taught her family how to live in God's love by her great examples of love.

Gaye was a homemaker and excelled immensely in everything she did, among them being an expert seamstress (she could sew, knit, crochet, embroider), was a concert pianist, sang beautifully, was a great artist and had a great love of flowers.

She is survived by her children, Ruth A. (Thomas) Carson, Newark, Sarah (Sally) C. (Jerry) Baker, Cheektowaga, NY, James P. (Janelle Oder), Newark, and Jennifer G. (Douglas) Csubak, Newark; 9 granchildren, Holly, Margaret, Jackie, Thomas II, Eric, Carmen, Jerry II, Meagan, and Michael; 15 great-grandchildren, plus 2 more on the way;3 great-great-grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law Jeanette (Halisey) Gilbert; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; daughter, Maureen E.; and grandsons, Joseph & Paul. Gaye was the youngest and last of 6 children.

Her family would like to thank Sally's sister-in-law, Diana L. (Baker) (Mark) Skinner, for her great love, care and support, and to the Hospice of Buffalo, NY, for the wonderful care she received during her illness.
Published in the Advocate on July 12, 2018
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