Barbara Elizabeth Whitson Gilbertson, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 in Asheville, North Carolina.
Barbara was born on July 17, 1940 at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her parents were Chedwick and Elizabeth Whitson. She grew up in the Minneapolis suburbs of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, and Minnetonka, graduating from Hopkins High School in 1958. She lived in Buffalo, New York; Hawthorne, California; Huntsville, Alabama; Torrance, California; Canoga Park, California; Nassau Bay, Texas; and Tustin, California finally settling in Nassau Bay, Texas for the last 45 years of her life.
Barbara was a lifelong church member and was active in the Friendswood Friends Church for several years. Her deep faith permeated her life and manifested in her actions. Barbara delighted in bright and sunny blue skies with white puffy clouds and in the beauty of nature. She used her keen sense of order with landscape improvements, designing and supervising the planting of over 200 trees, for which she received an award and recognition from the City of Nassau Bay, Texas. She also chaired a committee charged with designing the San Sebastian esplanade landscaping.
From her childhood Collie, Lad, through several German Shepherds to a Corgi mix named Carrie (Miss Carolina), Barbara greatly loved her canine companions.
Anyone who visited Barbara knew that they would be showered with good food and caring.
Barbara is survived by her beloved husband, Roger Gilbertson; two daughters, Kimberly Carlson Dawes (Michael) and Jacqueline Carlson Ashley; one son, Stephen Carlson; three stepchildren, Sheila Gilbertson Buck (Jeffrey), Karla Gilbertson Straub (Kyle), and Patricia Gilbertson Polich (Glen); six grandchildren; eight grandchildren by marriage; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren by marriage.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville, North Carolina.
The care of Mrs. Gilbertson has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville.