June 10, 1925 - November 14, 2020
Erma J. Gilbert, 95, of Petersburg died on November 14, 2020 at home with her family by her side. She was born on June 10, 1925 in Lomax, IL to C. Ernie and Edith (Shanks) Smith. In March of 1946 she married Elias (Pie) Jolly who was called home early in 1951. In March of 1954 she married Lester Gilbert who passed away in 2016 after 62 years of marriage. Erma is survived by 3 children: Sonja J. Jolly (Don) Bush of Nauvoo, IL, Courtney Gilbert, and Dawn (Ken) Yocom of Petersburg. 6 grandchildren: Mitzi (Greg) Walker of FL, Jamie Bush of Nauvoo, Shane Yocom of Petersburg, Melisa (Kyle) Miller of MO, Jeremiah Gilbert of Petersburg, Rachel (Josh) Espenschied of Petersburg and 18 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Erma was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elias Jolly in 1951, husband Lester Gilbert in 2016, 2 sisters: Bea and Bonnie and grandson John Bush. After a career in the Army, Les and Erma settled in Petersburg, IL in 1971 Erma worked at the Illinois Country Opry then at Potter Drug from 1979-2016. She always loved her interaction with the community thru work and Church, but loved God and her family the most. Gone from this Earth and now presiding in Heaven forever. A public visitation for Erma will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020 from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM at Hurley Funeral Home in Petersburg. A private family funeral will take place and burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. In Lieu of flowers memorial contribution may be made to Menard County Daily Bread or Donor’s Choice. Masks will be required, social distancing, and following of the CDC guidelines in place will be enforced. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hurleyfh.com Hurley Funeral Home in Petetsburg, IL is assisting the family with arrangements.
Erma J. Gilbert, 95, of Petersburg died on November 14, 2020 at home with her family by her side. She was born on June 10, 1925 in Lomax, IL to C. Ernie and Edith (Shanks) Smith. In March of 1946 she married Elias (Pie) Jolly who was called... View Obituary & Service Information
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