Donna Sue Buckley Gilbert, 76, of Madill, Okla., passed away on April 19th, in Ardmore, Okla., after a short illness with cancer.


Donna Sue Buckley Gilbert, 76, of Madill, Okla., passed away on April 19th, in Ardmore, Okla., after a short illness with cancer.

 

Services will be 1 p.m., Monday April 23rd, in the Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with Doug Brazzell officiating. Burial will follow in the Claud Cemetery under the direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home.

 

The family will receive friends on today, April 22nd from 4 to 5:30 p.m.at the funeral home.

 

Sue was born March 28, 1936, in Byers, Okla., to Horace and Seleta (Collier) Buckley. She graduated from Duncan High School in 1954 and worked for Halliburton Services in Duncan for five years. She married Jesse Gilbert on August 29, 1959, while he was still a student at Oklahoma State University and was a homemaker for most of their married life. They lived in the Dallas area for 37 years, developing life-long church friendships, before retiring to the Madill, Okla., area in 1998.

 

Sue loved the color pink, like her mother, and that love was reflected throughout her wardrobe and home. She was always extremely caring and visited the ill in nursing homes and regularly wrote letters to friends and family. She was actively involved in various volunteer efforts at her children’s schools, fundraisers for the local fire department and more recently in the Ardmore Soup Kitchen. She loved to sew and in fact sewed most of her daughters’ and her own clothes for many years.  She also loved crossword and sudoku puzzles, Merle Haggard music and winning at Bible Trivia.

 

She was always there for her children. With just a phone call, she was packed and on the road for any reason and was present for the birth of all eight of their grandchildren.

 

Sue is survived by her husband, Jesse of the home; three children, Paula Brazzell and husband, Doug of Madill, Okla., Beth Papke and husband, Vince of Cedar Park, Texas, and Roland Gilbert and wife, Beth of Wylie, Texas; eight grandchildren, Ryan Brazzell, Colin Brazzell, Rachel Brazzell, Justin Papke, Jarrod Papke, Cameron Gilbert, Caleb Gilbert and Sierra Gilbert. She is also survived by numerous cousins from the Duncan area.

 

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Seleta Buckley; a brother, Jerry Buckley; and a sister, Jane (Buckley) Borcherding.

 

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.