Daphne Elizabeth Gilbert

Church News | Saturday, 5 August 2017 |

By Joan

Daphne Elizabeth Gilbert

Daphne Elizabeth Gilbert

Daphne Gilbert’s funeral was held at 11.15am on 4th August, here at St Mary’s Church. Revd Carolyn conducted the service with Revd Julie in attendance. Daphne had been a life-long member of St Mary’s Church, the spiritual home she loved. Daphne was dedicated to the church, she had a good life and was a woman of great faith. Revd Carolyn said how lovely it was that Daphne had been able to come along to St Mary’s just a few weeks ago, at the beginning of July to see the beautiful flower arrangements that had been set up to celebrate their Flower Festival and Gift Weekend.

Daphne’s daughter Diana paid a loving Family Tribute to her 92year old mother, saying how dedicated she had always been to her family and how much she loved them. Daphne married in St Mary’s Church in 1948 and had three children who she adored. Diana, her sister Helen and her brother Robin were brought up in a loving environment where they received a great amount of love and care. Daphne was a very clever and accomplished lady, having many talents including music and gardening. She was very loving and proud of her children and grandchildren and was delighted to have great-grandchildren too. She had been a life-long member of the church spanning some 82 years, St Mary’s was her spiritual home and she loved it. Daphne was a dedicated member of the Mothers’ Union right up to the day she passed away, she had been an active member of St Mary’s MU but had become a diocesan member once the group had closed.

Revd Carolyn, spoke mainly to the young people in the congregation saying that they were bound to be very sad having lost their grandmother and great-grandmother, it was only natural to grieve, but she assured them that as time goes by they will be able to remember what a lovely lady she was and that they will soon be able to think about her with a smile. Daphne’s funeral service was beautiful and she wanted the collection taken at the service to be donated to the Chelmsford Mothers’ Union.



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