GUILFORD – Rachel E. Gilbert, 82, passed away peacefully Sept. 6, 2013, at the Orono Commons, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born Oct. 10, 1930, in Abbot, the daughter of George and Annie (Knight) Cookson.
Rachel was a strong, friendly and outgoing woman. She was a wonderful cook and loved camping and family gatherings.
She was predeceased earlier this year by her husband of 64 years, Marshall T. Gilbert.
She is survived by three daughters, Marsha Quimby and her husband, Randy, of Cambridge, Linda Green of Dexter, and Deborah Bailey of Cambridge; three sons, Thomas Gilbert Jr. and his wife, Andrea, of Guilford, Frank Gilbert and his wife, Linda, of Abbot, and Darrell Gilbert and his wife, Bonnie, of Ripley; 19 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alston Cookson of Cambridge, and Everett Cookson and his wife, Pat, of Connecticut; a sister, Flora Smart of Dexter; and several nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held at a later date, with burial at Guilford Center Cemetery. The family extends a special thanks to her loving family of angels at the Orono Commons. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Guilford. For an online guest register, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.