She is survived by her sons, Don Gilchrist of Cordova and James Gilchrist of Lebanon, Tenn.; her daughter-in-law, Jimmie Karol Scott Gilchrist; grandchildren, Scott Gilchrist of Lebanon, Tenn. and Amy Gilchrist Nash and Chris Nash of Tampa, Fla. She also leaves behind two great-grandchildren, Eli Nash and Charlie Nash, both of Tampa.
She was born Sept. 15, 1914, in Montpelier, Ohio. Her family moved to Chicago where she later met her future husband. She was a payroll specialist most of her business life, and after retirement enjoyed many years as a substitute teacher in Cordova schools.
She was a happy outgoing person who delighted in making other people happy. She was known for going to great lengths making original, truly artistic, beautifully decorated cakes for special occasions for friends, family and co-workers. She would decorate the cakes down to the smallest detail, much like today’s supermarket giants do. She was petite but fearless. She was known for writing Coach Bryant letters after games telling him where they should have done better. She won the Mountain Eagle’s college football “pick the winners” contest more than once. Along with her sons, she was invited to the change of command ceremonies for the nuclear missile submarine, the USS Tennessee, and toured the USS West Virginia.
Services will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, at her church, Long Memorial United Methodist in Cordova. Visitation will be at 3 p.m. with the service at 4 p.m. Services will be officiated by Brother Ryan Rosser of Long Memorial.
Pallbearers are Scott Gilchrist, Chris Nash, Larry Howell, Lytle “Buster” Howell, Clayton Cook and Jim Madison. Donations may be made in her honor for the Long Memorial Church Re-building Fund.
Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-5571