She was born in McPherson, Kan., on March 15, 1925, to Charles S. and Miriam Morris. On June 9, 1945, she married J. Edward Gilbert.
Milly graduated from Chester High School in 1943 and attended Manchester College. Following her marriage to Ed, she joined him in College Park, Md., during his service in the Civilian Public Service during WWII. Afterward, Ed and Milly moved to Kokomo, Ind., where Milly worked as a secretary for the Salvation Army and the Kokomo Church of the Brethren. She also ran a free-lance mimeographing business from her home for more than 25 years. Milly loved writing poetry. She was a member of the Kokomo Poetry Circle for 42 years and received awards and recognition for her poems, some printed in national publications. She was an active member of the Kokomo Church of the Brethren and later was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren when they moved to Timbercrest Senior Living Community in 1996.
Surviving are three daughters: Janice Gilbert Hurst, McPherson, Kan.; Janean Gilbert, Indianapolis; and Janelle Gilbert Hoffmann, New Haven, Mo.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband: J. Edward Gilbert, who passed away on March 25, 2012; her parents; a daughter: Joyce; and her brother: Dwight Morris.
Friends and family may call from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East St., North Manchester. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Timbercrest Chapel. Pastor Kurt Borgmann will officiate and burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 W, North Manchester, IN.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Mildred Morris Gilbert, memorial contributions may be made to On Earth Peace, P.O. Box 188, New Windsor, MD 21776, or to the Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 North Beckley, P.O. Box 349, N. Manchester, IN 46962.