OBITUARY

Paula Gilbert

January 18, 1925April 4, 2021
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Paula Dean Gilbert, 96, of Bossier City, Louisiana passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. Paula was the second born of five children to Chester and Kattie Welborn in rural McKinney, TX. During the 30’s, the family moved to Princeton, TX, where Paula played basketball and graduated from Princeton High in 1942. While living in Princeton, she met and married her first two husbands, Duard Lawson and W.T. Hooten, III, who both died tragically in accidents.

Later while working in Texas, she met and married Bob Gilbert, who was in the military. During his career, they resided in New York, New Mexico, Louisiana, Japan; finally settling in Bossier City, LA. Most of her working career Paula was a salesperson in ladies apparel at The Fashion in Shreveport and took the summers off to enjoy vacations and swimming with her children. Paula like gardening, sewing, fishing and working crossword puzzles. She was also known to visit the casinos occasionally. To her children, grandchildren and their friends, she was known as “Nanaw”.

Mrs. Gilbert was predeceased by her four siblings and parents; her husband, Robert Lee Gilbert; daughter, Vickie Lynn Gilbert; granddaughter, Cindi Smith; and grandson, Bubba Givens.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Kay (Hooten) Gilbert, Robert Keith Gilbert, Pam Wright (Randy) and Suzanne West (Bill); grandchildren, Tonya Minard (Craig), Hunter Bullard, Darrell Givens (Tiffany), Jarred Bullard (Karen) and Melissa Bullard; and fifteen great grandchildren.

Services celebrating the life of Paula Gilbert will be held Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation with family and friends beginning at 1:30 p.m. until the service begins at 2:30 p.m. Interment will immediately follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Hunter Bullard, Jarred Bullard, Darrell Givens, Billy West, Craig Minard and Anthony McClain.

The family would like to thank Pilgrim Manor, especially Keisha Denkins and Sharon Moore as well as Amber with Southern Care Hospice for the kindness and care they have shown our mother.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Kay Hooten Gilbert, Daughter
  • Robert Keith Gilbert, Son
  • Pam (& Randy) Wright, Daughter
  • Suzanne (& Bill) West, Daughter
  • Tonya (& Craig) Minard, Grandchild
  • Hunter Bullard, Grandchild
  • Darrell (& Tiffany) Givens, Grandchild
  • Jarred (& Karen) Bullard, Grandchild
  • Melissa Bullard, Grandchild
  • Fifteen, Great Grandchildren
  • Mrs. Gilbert was predeceased by her four siblings and parents; herhusband, Robert Lee Gilbert; daughter, Vickie Lynn Gilbert; granddaughter, Cindi Smith; and grandson, Bubba Givens.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Hunter Bullard
  • Jarred Bullard
  • Darrell Givens
  • Billy West
  • Craig Minard
  • Anthony McClain

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, April 11, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Sunday, April 11, 2021

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Kay Gilbert

April 10, 2021

Baby Kay and Mom

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April 10, 2021

Mother and I stopped in New Orleans after Biloxi.

Kay Gilbert

April 10, 2021

Baby Kay with Mom.

Kay Gilbert

April 9, 2021

My Dad and Mom, Princeton, Tx

Kay Gilbert

April 9, 2021

Duard and Paula Lawson 1940’s

Kay Gilbert

April 9, 2021

WT and Paula Hooten , Princeton, Tx

Kay Gilbert

April 9, 2021

Kay with dad WT and mom Paula

Kay Gilbert

April 9, 2021

Kay Gilbert

April 9, 2021

Kay Gilbert

April 9, 2021

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Styling in Pam’s furry sweater vest on 85th birthday

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Gulf Coast trip stopped in New Orleans

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Mother all smiles with her red fish

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Mom and Pam

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Biography

Paula Dean Gilbert, 96, of Bossier City, Louisiana passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. Paula was the second born of five children to Chester and Kattie Welborn in rural McKinney, TX. During the 30’s, the family moved to Princeton, TX, where Paula played basketball and graduated from Princeton High in 1942. While living in Princeton, she met and married her first two husbands, Duard Lawson and W.T. Hooten, III, who both died tragically in accidents.

Later while working in Texas, she met and married Bob Gilbert, who was in the military. During his career, they resided in New York, New Mexico, Louisiana, Japan; finally settling in Bossier City, LA. Most of her working career Paula was a salesperson in ladies apparel at The Fashion in Shreveport and took the summers off to enjoy vacations and swimming with her children. Paula like gardening, sewing, fishing and working crossword puzzles. She was also known to visit the casinos occasionally. To her children, grandchildren and their friends, she was known as “Nanaw”.

Mrs. Gilbert was predeceased by her four siblings and parents; her husband, Robert Lee Gilbert; daughter, Vickie Lynn Gilbert; granddaughter, Cindi Smith; and grandson, Bubba Givens.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Kay (Hooten) Gilbert, Robert Keith Gilbert, Pam Wright (Randy) and Suzanne West (Bill); grandchildren, Tonya Minard (Craig), Hunter Bullard, Darrell Givens (Tiffany), Jarred Bullard (Karen) and Melissa Bullard; and fifteen great grandchildren.

Services celebrating the life of Paula Gilbert will be held Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation with family and friends beginning at 1:30 p.m. until the service begins at 2:30 p.m. Interment will immediately follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Hunter Bullard, Jarred Bullard, Darrell Givens, Billy West, Craig Minard and Anthony McClain.

The family would like to thank Pilgrim Manor, especially Keisha Denkins and Sharon Moore as well as Amber with Southern Care Hospice for the kindness and care they have shown our mother.