oprietta gilbert

Orietta Ignator Gilbert, 95, of Elgin IL went home to be with the Lord on May 17, 2014 at 3:43 am at Presence Saint Joseph’s Hospital. Born to James and Francis gilbert, Orietta was born on December 19, 1918 in Devil Point Cat Island, Bahamas.  She is preceded in death by her mother; father; her brother, Clevland Gibson;  grandson;  Phillip Winter; ;great great granddaughter, Jasmine; and nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

She is survived by 1 daughter, Elva Adderley; 1 granddaughter, Philippa (Carlton)Banton; 4 grandsons Anthony (Ana) Adderley, Wilfred (Donna) Winter; Niven Adderley, and Mark Winter; 3 great-granddaughters, veronica Granderson, Teresa Phopps, and Jasmin Stickle; 1 great-grandson, Spec. Willie (Sada) Towner III; 8 great great-granddaughters, Rickia, Makayla, Imari, Zoe, Brianna, nodia, Nautika, and Tajionna; 2 great great-grandsons, Jeryimaih and Terry; 1 sister-in-law, Gwendolyn Gibson; nieces, Cynthia, Sylria, Anita, Betty, Cleola, Miriam, Althea, and Thelma; Nephews, Henry(Diane), Norman, Trevor, Rev. Benjamin, Timothy, Edward, Carl, and Theodore, also, lots of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Orietta is also survived by her adopted families, Keith and Reantia Forbes, Louie and Mildred Louis and her New Hope Family.

Orietta was a meek and humbler person, who was always winning souls for the Lord.  She became an active Missionary member of the New Hope Baptist church in Elgin.  Orietta never lost sight of her love for God.

There will be a visitation for Orietta on May 30, 2014 at the Second Baptist Church, starting at 9am until time of service, which will be starting at 11am. Pastor Barry Jones will be officiating.  O’Connor-Leetz Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Letters to Orietta:

To my Grandma,

I have so many wonderful memories of you.  Your memories go on and on.  Grandma, you have so many people who love you and will miss you.  Your warm spirit continues in all of us from your grandchildren to your great grandchildren.  May your soul rest in peace as you sleep with the angels.


Granddaughter, Philippa

Dear Great Grandma,

I know you are in a better place.  You are with our heavenly father, whom you taught me about at an early age, just as you taught me about love and respect.  I know what we meant to each other and I will have what we had until I am with you.  Great grandma, you will forever be in my heart and I love you and will miss you.


Great granddaughter, Veronica

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