Jean Heald Gilbert
Jean Heald Gilbert,
78, of Ipswich and
Southport, ME, passed away peacefully on
May 15, 2022. Jean was
born in Augusta, Maine on March 7, 1944, the middle of three daughters
born to the late Guy and Evelyn
When she was in the second grade, her family moved
from Augusta, to Winthrop, ME where she met Gary Gilbert, her loving and
devoted future husband. They
married in June of 1966 and raised three children as well as many Bichon
Frise rescue “pups”. Jean was
a graduate of the University of Maine, Farmington and had a rewarding
teaching career. As her
children grew, she earned a graduate degree in Child Development from
Wheelock College. Jean taught
at the middle and high school levels, and later in her career, she served
as the Director of the Boxford Village School and was adjunct faculty at a
number of colleges.
she was called by her grandchildren, was a devoted wife, mother,
grandmother and friend. She
was also a passionate knitter and an amazing cook.
She loved to travel and was fortunate enough to see many incredible
places all around the world, but her favorite spot was looking out over
the cove at her home in Maine.
In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by
three children: Mark Gilbert and his partner Yvonne of FL, Scott Gilbert
and his wife Pippin of FL and Nicole
Gilbert Cote and her
husband Brian of MA. She leaves behind seven beloved grandchildren:
Caitlyn, Wyatt, Wesley, Landon, Samantha, Devon and Kendall, as well as
several amazing friends who stood by her side as she battled dementia. The
family wishes to thank her long-time caregiver, Lois, and the teams at
Masconomet Healthcare Center and Harborside Hospice for their emotional
support, compassion and incredible care.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later
date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in her
name to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).
Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home
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