Mildred Maurine's Obituary
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on July 18, 2020. Maurine was
born on December 19, 1927 in Emporia, Kansas to the late Frank and Helen
Pierce. For her undergraduate studies she attended the College of Emporia where
she met the love of her life, Gene Gilbert. They were married on August 21, 1949.
After completing her undergraduate studies she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in
1951 from Marymount College. With a passion for learning, she attended Central
Michigan University where she achieved her Master’s Degree in 1968. Maurine
and Gene were educators and held teaching positions in Kansas, Colorado and
Michigan. While in Michigan they began their greatest adventure, raising their
children in Gladwin and St. Louis, Michigan. They both retired from teaching in
1986: Maurine from St. Louis (she was the Head Librarian and Media Director for
the St. Louis Public Schools) and Gene from Alma (he was the Head Guidance
Counselor and Athletic Director after coaching for many years in Gladwin, St.
Louis and Alma). They spent their retirement years as “snowbirds” splitting their
time between Michigan and Arizona. Maurine enjoyed hiking, swimming, and
Maurine is survived by her children; Ryan Gilbert of DeWitt, MI and Rene’
Gilbert of Dimondale, MI; two brothers, Warren (Gaylene) Pierce of Wichita KS,
Larry (Sandra) Pierce of Emporia, KS; nieces, Vicki Ward, Lori Kutter, Robbi
Pierce-Sawyers, and Leisa Albers, nephew Brent Pierce; two grandchildren,
Devonte’ Edward Ewing and Danielle Maurine Ewing both of Dimondale, MI;
special friends, Christopher Hennigan, Amanda Brickner, Mary Minor, Carl
Ockert, and her beloved dog, Izzy, who was her whole world. The family will be
holding a private service. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer
Society, The Humane Society, or The American Diabetes Association, in lieu of flowers.
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