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Pauline Hutchison Gilbert

DANVILLE – Pauline Hutchison Gilbert of 1111 Main St., Stratford House, Danville, died Sept. 21, 2012 at Roman Eagle Nursing Home after a short illness.

Pauline was born April 14, 1916 in Newport, daughter of the late Walter and Annie Lafon Hutchison.

In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her husband of 65 years, Frank Gilbert II, and two sisters, Mabel Hutchison Porterfield and Sue Hutchison Ferraraccio.

She graduated as a registered nurse (RN) from St. Luke’s Hospital in Bluefield, W.Va. Sept. 10, 1938 and completed additional training in obstetrics at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. April 26, 1939.

She was awarded a scholarship from St. Luke’s Hospital to study public health at William and Mary, but fell in love with her future husband, John Frank Gilbert II, and married instead on July 29, 1939. Her career as a nurse included dedicated service at St. Luke’s in Bluefield, the Bluefield Sanatorium, City Hospital in Baltimore, Md. and Pulaski Hospital in Pulaski. During WWII, her skills were also employed at The Glen L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Md.

Pauline and Frank ultimately moved back to Virginia and settled in Pulaski, where she was very active in the Christ Episcopal Church during her over 50-year affiliation. She volunteered her time as a nurse in the local schools and was a member of various civic organizations.

Throughout her life she enjoyed many artistic hobbies, including knitting, sewing and quilting, and even woodworking. She was also an avid reader and loved music. One of her greatest joys was working with the customers and employees at the Dublin NAPA store.

Pauline is survived by her two children and their spouses, John Frank Gilbert III and Patsy of Pulaski and Carol Gilbert Carlish and Robert of Danville, and granddaughter, Emily Gilbert, of Charlotte, N.C.

A celebration of her life will be held at the home of Frank and Patsy Gilbert, 1 Northwood Drive, Pulaski, Friday, Nov. 23, 1-4 p.m. The family invites all who wish to share a memory of Pauline to attend on that date. Donations to honor her memory may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 975, Pulaski, VA 24301 or the charity of ones choice.

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