Peggy Ruth Gilbert

December 26, 1932April 11, 2018

Peggy Gilbert , 85, of Porter, Texas passed away on April 11th, 2018. She was born December 26, 1932 to Henry and Ruth Gummelt and grew up in Rosebud, Texas, later completing her high school years at Austin High School in Austin, Texas.

She developed her love for art into a career as a professional Texas artist in 1976. She felt that a work of art should involve the total person. One should sense the smells, feel the warmth of the sun, enjoy the fresh air and cold water and hear the wildlife. Peggy's illumination technique by capturing how light plays off the colors in nature, is the trademark of all her work, giving her paintings a refreshing aliveness that pulls you right into her paintings. All of her paintings were signed with her artist signature PByars.

Preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Marvin Byars; husband, Bob Koehler and husband, Jerry Gilbert, her sister, Betty Richardson and brother William Gummelt. Survivors include her oldest brother, Garry Gummelt four children Garry Byars, John Byars and wife Olga Byars, Lynn Byars, Diane Gustafson and husband Jerrel Gustafson; Her five grandchildren, Clayton Plaag, Nathaniel Byars and wife Allyson Byars, Sarah Wattinger and husband Chris Wattinger, Rebecca Grefrathand husband Phil Grefrath and Gena Evans and husband Cody Evans; Four great grandchildren, Elijah Byars and Blaine Wattinger, and the impending births of Joseph Byars and Ava Carolynn Evans.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks in Pflugerville, Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


  • Chris Wattinger, Active Pallbearer
  • Phil Grefrath, Active Pallbearer
  • Cody Evans, Active Pallbearer
  • Clay Plaag, Active Pallbearer
  • Jerrel Gustafson, Active Pallbearer
  • Nathaniel Byars, Active Pallbearer


  • Graveside Service Friday, April 13, 2018

Peggy Ruth Gilbert

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