83, of St Louis, formerly of Memphis, TN and Lake Charles, LA was called home on Sunday, February 14, 2021.
Beloved wife of the late Roy Gilbert; loving mother of Melody (Carl) Permenter, Leisa (Andy) Walker, Mark Gilbert, Jane (Dave) Benson, Matt (Shawna) Gilbert and the late Don Gilbert; adoring grandmother of 20 and great grandmother of 22; dear daughter of the late Mary Jane and Stephen Broussard; dear sister of Gloria Booth and the late Doug and Rusty Broussard. Our dearest relative and friend to many. She will be deeply missed.
Proud of her Cajun heritage, Virgie was a bold, loving, extremely strong and determined lady. Faith and family were her life. She raised six loving children with an unbreakable bond. She was a devout Catholic who volunteered her time teaching religious education through many moves and in many parishes throughout her adult life. She served as youth group advisor at her beloved Ascension Parish in Memphis, where she was also a lector and a Eucharistic minister.For many years she volunteered at Birthright of Memphis and was the 2006 volunteer of the year.
A talented seamstress with an artistic eye, she made many of her beautiful clothes, and donated many lovely handmade items, both to her church and Birthright even after years of limited mobility.
She moved to St Louis in 2011 to be near family, and she jumped right in at her new parish, Sacred Heart in Valley Park, where she served as lector, and continued to participate in many extra activities as long as she was able.
Funeral from Kutis Affton Chapel 10151 Gravois Rd. 63123 on Friday, February 26 at 11:30 am. to St. John Paul II Catholic Church for 12 noon Mass. Interment at J.B. National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Birthright of Memphis, or the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St Louis would be appreciated. Don’t be surprised to see family and friends dressed in various shades of her favorite color—pink—-as well as other bright rich colors to honor Virgie who believed a funeral was a celebration of life and resurrection, and loved to see dress reflect that. Visitation Thursday 6-8 pm.