Margaret Alice Gilbert

April 30, 1918April 12, 2012

Margaret Alice Andress Gilbert died Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Timberlane Health and Rehabilitation. She was born April 30, 1918 in Union County to Lucy Bendette Ballard and Bertram Knox Andress. She graduated from El Dorado High School, Dodd College, and Louisiana State University, where she earned a double master’s degree in musicology and library science. During the Second World War, she worked for the US Civil Service at naval and army bases as a librarian. After the war, Margaret accepted a job as the first music librarian at Baylor University and then worked as a librarian in Chicago, Amarillo, and Dallas until she returned to El Dorado to teach music at Hugh Goodwin Elementary School. After she retired, she continued to pursue her love of learning and travel. Margaret was a member of the First United Methodist Church, The Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, The DAR, Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Phi Theta Kappa Fraternity, and Delta Kappa Theta Sorority. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, W.K. Andress, J.H. Andress, and E.L. Andress; and four sisters, Grace Andress, Nellie Lawrence, Irene Ruple, and Nedra Miller. She is survived by her nephew, Dr. Will K. Andress (Julia Ann) of Shreveport; four nieces, Carol Ruple Baker of New Orleans, Betty Andress Ballard of Dallas, Martha Ruple Beebe (John S.) of El Dorado, and Sara Miller Richardson (Sam M.) of El Dorado and Little Rock; and many great, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Arlington Memorial Park with under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors with Father Chuck Chapman and Rev. Mike Blanchard officiating. Memorials may be made to Life Touch Hospice, 2301 Champagnolle Rd., El Dorado, AR 71730.


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Sherry Goodwin Brown

April 19, 2012

I knew Margaret as a friend to my mother. Both were graduates of the El Dorado High School class of 1936. Margaret also helped me get started in my music teaching career in El Dorado. She was an inspiration to many children and gave them a great background in music.

Tina Rudder

April 18, 2012

I had Mrs. Gilbert, as a music teacher, for 6 years. I learned so much from her. Composers, folk dancing, and music. She was wonderful. I have thought about her often. She will be greatly missed. She touched the lives of so many people.

LaWanda Stewart

April 18, 2012

Mrs. Gilbert was a very special lady. She will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and loved her.

Donald Putman

April 18, 2012

I had Mrs. Gilbert, the last three years at Hugh Goodwin. I learn all about the great periods of music and composers as well. Mrs. Gilbert is in heaven singing with the angle choir.

Jason Adams

April 17, 2012

I loved Mrs Gilbert, what a great lady!
I was always so happy, as a child when it was our day for Music Class at Hugh Goodwin. I still remember many songs that she taught us. I have never forgotten her through the years and have always been grateful that she was my teacher and friend.