Gering Memorial Chapel

1755 11th St., Gering, NE


Karen Lynn GILBERT

February 12, 1943May 23, 2020

Karen Lynn Gilbert passed away quietly in her home in Ellicott City, MD on Saturday May 23, 2020 at the age of 77. Karen was the daughter of Fred (Gene) and Shirley Purnell and graduated from high school in Scottsbluff in 1961. Karen lived in all four timezones across the country throughout her life and traveled the world, yet always considered Scottsbluff as her home. Karen was predeceased by her loving parents, her daughter Sheila Knaub Flory, and her son Jeffrey Lee Knaub. She is survived by her sons Scott Knaub and Matthew Gilbert as well as her two grandchildren Daniel and Tatiyana Knaub. Karen has extended relations from the Vorse family still remaining in the Scottsbluff area. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at West Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4-7 pm at Gering Memorial Chapel. Online condolences may be left at www.geringchapel.com.


  • Visitation

    Monday, June 1, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020


Karen Lynn GILBERT

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Don White

May 31, 2020

I have fond memories.......Karen always had interesting stories to share when the families got together. Her cousin (and mine) John Vorse & I enjoyed those "travel tells".......sorry to hear of her passing. She was an "extended family" member. Don White

Vale Mccleary

May 29, 2020

I want to share my deepest condolences to the family , Karen was one of a kind , her witty and incredible sense of humor and always thinking of others.. growing up she knew how to tell it like it is and making life simple , to her she referred me to as her “ brat” and that is something I cherished because I knew we could have a great laugh about it, even though the miles apart was so long .. she adored being a grandmother and mother , these were her greatest gifts as she always was so proud .. I will deeply miss her and love her..