Phyllis A. Gilbert

October 4, 1942February 28, 2021

A Graveside Service for Phyllis A. Gilbert, age 78 of Richville will be held in the spring at the East Dekalb Cemetery with Pastor Mike Tomford officiating. Mrs. Gilbert passed away unexpectedly on Sunday February 28, 2021 at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

Surviving are her children Rodney Gilbert of Canton, Michael & Christine Gilbert of Ogdensburg, Kimberly Taylor of Tennessee, and Michelle & Patrick Downing of Florida; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; her longtime companion Gary Rivers of Richville; along with two brothers, one sister and numerous nieces, nephews and friends that are like family. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband Eugene Gilbert in 2004.

She was born on October 4, 1942 in Gouverneur, a daughter of Carl & Ursula (Jobin) Manchester. She graduated from Herman Dekalb High School and later married Eugene Gilbert on July 7, 1960. The couple shared 44 years together until his death.

Phyllis worked for the Hermon-Dekalb Central School for 35 years in the transportation department. Following her retirement, she continued to certify bus drivers, monitors and ambulette drivers across Northern New York until January 2021.

She enjoyed camping, traveling, motor cycle riding, 4 wheeling, spending time with her family, and above all dancing. Memorial contributions can be made to the Richard Winter Cancer Center, 5 Lyons Place, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Condolences can fond memories can also be shared at


  • Graveside services will be held in the spring


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Lisa Morrow - Sharpe

March 5, 2021

Rodney, Kimberly, Michelle. Michael and families, Sending you all sincere felt sympathy. It seems like just a few years ago we were playing and having sleepovers. I will always cherish my younger years when life was simple. Just having a bowl of sugar coated cereal was a big deal. I would leave Aunt Lee's to go to Aunt Phyllis's just to enjoy that bowl of cereal. Special memories with ❤.

Desiree Fisher

March 5, 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing Phyllis for 4&1/2 yr. She was a strong ,caring lady. I will miss her for the rest of my days. Rest in Peace Phyllis. Love Desiree Fisher

Carol & Dick LaDue

March 4, 2021

These past 9 years with both you and Gary produced a lot of good memories. We had such wonderful times hiking, camping, paddling, dancing, riding ATVs and motorcycles. We were so happy to have such wonderful close friends. We will miss you. Every time we participate in the above mentioned activities we will be thinking of you and celebrating our fond memories of you. Rest in peace sweet lady. We love you and our hearts ache having lost such a great friend.

Jim & Angie Donnelly

March 4, 2021

Dear Michelle, Pat and Family,
We are deeply saddened to hear about Phyllis, she was a beautiful & caring woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.....
Love, The Donnelly's

Matthew Denney

March 3, 2021

My prayers and condolences go out to her family and friends. Phyllis always came to the Canton Bus Garage to help us with our compliance testing with a smile and those delicious donuts. We never just looked at her as a SBDI, but a friend. She was great to talk with and an inspiration for me. Rest In Peace Phyllis. You will not be forgotten.

Gina Marie Boyea

March 3, 2021

My sincere condolences to all the family and Gary of Phyllis Gilbert. I first met Phyllis a few years ago dancing at the Massena Adult Center on Saturday nights. She was a great dancer, her and Gary. We ran into each other on a four wheeling Parishville Club ride. We both didn't realize that we shared the love for four wheeling😊
From then on it was such a nice friend ship. Then when Gary got sick I reached out to her for moral support by sending cards. It was quite an ordeal for Phyllis thru Gary's sickness, but things finally got better for Gary slowly and back to four wheeling. The last time we got together was last year for a ride. It was nice to see her again. I am so sadden to hear of her passing. She was a lovely, caring, kind person. I am so so sorry for your great loss🙏🙏🙏🌹🎈

Vickie Hanson

March 3, 2021

She helped me with getting my bus drivers license. And we will miss her and her wonderful donuts she would make for us at Canton central Bus garage. Will miss her sweet smile and her talks we would have about everything and anything and she would make you feel good about what you were doing. Rest In Peace Phyllis will miss you dearly.

Vickie Hanson

Barbara Shampine

March 3, 2021

Kim, Rodney, Michelle and Michael, Spouses, Grandkids and Great Grandkids I am so sorry for you heartache. Seems like a piece of my family is missing too. I love you guys and I will always consider you my family!

I would not be able to share just one memory or moment that we had together. You were in my life since about the month or so after I was born. Our families have shared so much throughout these 50 years. I remember going to your trailer, then the farm house and then the little white house with red trim. I remember sliding down hill, the Trapper's Shed and the wild animals. All our times at Camp were so much fun, volleyball games, Texas horseshoes, swimming and the rope swing. See there are too many to talk about. I love you and will miss you. Tell Eugene I love him and give him a kiss from me!
Love Barbie Lyn

Michele Vondra-Harwood

March 3, 2021

Just a note to let you know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.

The office and staff of Dr. Michele Vondra-Harwood

Carol Hubbard

March 3, 2021

My one memory of Phyllis is of her driving bus and one day (during my time in elementary school) she had to carry me into school because I didn't want to go in and was crying.
Another favorite memory as a child, when we visited Phyllis, is that she would let us play on the bus and I loved being the bus driver. (Maybe that's why I was crying and didn't want to go to school).