Katherine “Kay” Gilbert

Oct. 26, 1916 – Nov. 14, 2013

A private family memorial for Katherine “Kay” Braden Gilbert was held in Oregon. Kay, 97, passed away Nov. 14 in Gresham, Ore.

Kay was born Oct. 26, 1916, in Independence, Iowa, the daughter of Web and Leta Braden. The Bradens moved to Greybull early in their marriage (Web’s mother was one of the founders of the First Presbyterian Church in Greybull).

Kay grew up and received her education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School. She attended Colorado A&M and graduated with a degree in education.

She married Lowell “Gil” Gilbert. After she moved to Oregon she became a teacher and was recognized for her outstanding talent and contributions. She taught fourth grade for several years and then focused on the second grade. She loved the interaction with the children, their enthusiasm and her joy came from watching them learn and succeed.

Kay was an excellent seamstress. Although one of her daughters preferred pants and cowboy boots, Kay saw to it that she was always in a beautiful little dress for Sunday school.

She loved to travel and she and Gil traveled to almost every state, to all the continents (except Antarctica) and to several countries on each continent.

She loved her family, her friends and meeting new people. Music and dancing were a big part of her life. Kay grew up with a deep faith and was truly thankful for the blessings she enjoyed and shared through her life.

The way Kay lived her life and the example she set left a lasting impact on those who were privileged to know her.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gil; two daughters, Coralee Nockles and Renee Bankston; her son, Kent Reedy, and five grandsons.