2011-09-01 / Obituaries

James Merle Gilbert

James Merle Gilbert, friend, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 at 10:50 p.m. He was 71.

At his side were his wife Darden, sons Jim Gilbert Jr. and his wife Lea, and Bob Gilbert, along with his brother Bob Gilbert and wife Cevy from Oregon, and friend Morris Anzai.

He is survived by his wife, Darden Gilbert of Mariposa, sons James Jr. and wife Lea, Robert (Bob) and his wife Cami of Fresno, seven grandchildren, Chris Gilbert and his wife Danielle of Sonoma, Nick Gilbert and his wife Stacy of Mariposa and Palm Springs, Britney, Curtis and Blain of Fresno, Jasmine and Robert Teeling of Alaska, and Mia and Steve Silva of Guam. Also great-granddaughters Trinity Jade Marie Gilbert of Palm Springs, and Harper Elly Gilbert of Sonoma.

His siblings are Beverly Gilbert of Mariposa, Robert E. Gilbert and wife Cevy of Oregon, Barbara Howard of Fresno, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jim suffered bravely for four years, and especially the last few months and week. He got his strength from God’s word, his church and the presence of family and friends too numerous to mention here.

The Gilberts moved from Simi Valley in Southern California in 1968 after visiting very close friends Jim and Joyce Musick. Mr. Musick took Jim fishing and showed him the special place that Mariposa is and all the friendly people here. Joyce showed Mrs. Gilbert the delights of gleaning in the fields and orchards of Merced. The Gilberts quickly fell in love with Mariposa and sold their home in Simi Valley.

Jim first worked at the fairgrounds, then drove the school bus from El Portal to the high school. He met Arlis Parker who said the hospital needed another maintenance man. That included the heavy janitorial work and also another ambulance driver. In the years that went by he and Arlis were very busy doing ambulance duty including some very harrowing code three events.

After that the family went into the painting business. A few years later Dr. Nichols told Jim he would have to give up that trade because of fumes, especially spraying lacquers. He decided to use his skills for the building trade, took the tests and became a building contractor. He never went into doing large jobs as there was plenty enough work people needed in remodeling, repairing and upgrading existing homes. In all his working days, he made so many friends with clients, hardware and lumber yards, on and on.

He had many scriptures marked in his Bible. His wife shared a few: Psalms 34:4, 6, 7, 17, 18, 20, 22. Psalms 88: 1-3, Psalms 145: 18-20 and Isaiah 40: 28- 31.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4994 11th Street in Mariposa. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Mariposa Hospice or Mariposa Adventist Christian School.

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You and your family is in our

You and your family is in our prayers. Sorry to hear about the lost of James. I'm so glad i was able to see him and you at the beginning of the summer. If you remeber who I am. We were members there at the church when you both came in. I now live in Alberta, Canada.Keep strong in the church.

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