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Barbara Guild Gilbert, 85, of Savannah, Georgia and widow of William Claggett Gilbert, Jr., died Wednesday evening, November 18th, 2020, at her home.

Mrs. Gilbert was born December 22, 1934, in New York City to Alan Clarke Guild and Margaret Smith Guild. The family moved to Savannah in 1935 where Mrs. Gilbert lived for the rest of her life.

She was a graduate of the Pape School and Duke University, where she majored in English and was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.

On March 2nd, 1957, after brief careers with Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York City and WTOC radio in Savannah, she married W. Claggett Gilbert, Jr., who predeceased her in 1993. She attended St. John’s Church, was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the Junior League of Savannah, the Savannah Yacht Club, and was past president of the Community Children’s Theatre.

Mrs. Gilbert was associated for 43 years with The Cottage Shop until her recent retirement in October.

In addition to her work at The Cottage Shop, she enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, reading, and anything involving Great Britain.

She is survived by her son, William Claggett Gilbert III, of Lilburn, GA, her daughter, Harriet Clarke Gilbert and her granddaughter, Sarah Marina Gilbert, of Charlotte, NC, and several cousins.

The funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, November 25th, 2020, at the graveside, Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Father Gavin G. Dunbar.

Remembrances: In lieu of flowers, a charity of the donor’s choice.

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  1. Thomas Irwin McCabe says:

    A loving Mother, Grandmother, and aunt. Prayers are with the both of you. Call if you need anything.

  2. Haskell and Dale Robinson says:

    Barbara was such a wonderful person and neighbor! We will miss her terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harriet and Bill and her beautiful granddaughter, Sarah.

  3. Julia Morrison says:

    Barbara will be missed! She was a first class lady with a wonderful sense of humor!

  4. Janie Breor says:

    Mrs. Gilbert was always so thoughtful. As a friend of her son , she was so sweet to send delicious cookies to me in college. At every significant event in my life, she was so kind to remember me.
    She will be missed.

  5. Kathryn Walden says:

    The Gilberts lived three doors down when we were growing up in Savannah. I was friends with Bill and Harriet. Mrs. Gilbert was always a reliable source of Koolade and Goldfish. I spent half of my elementary school life in her crabapple tree. She was a firm but wonderful neighbor to us; she handled a lot of my and my brothers’ shenanagins with grace and style. I look forward to seeing her again someday.

    Bill and Harriet, thinking about you a lot.

  6. Anne Horstman says:

    Dear Harriet:
    I was so sorry to see that your mother died….she was always a favorite, and we had such a nice visit in Savannah a couple of years ago….she brought me up to date on you and your daughter…she was thrilled to be a granddaughter…..I knew her from the Cottage Shop and again from Point Pleasant when you were a camper…
    please accept my deepest sympathy. Anne Horstman

  7. Cleo Warlick says:

    Remembering my friend, Ba, and all the fun times we had at Duke and in our beloved dorm, Aycock. Although we have been together only a few times in the 64 years since graduation, we have kept in touch thru notes and Emails, cheering on our Blue Devils and commiserating when Duke leaders made decisions that made us frown. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  8. Bruce and Pam Cavanaugh says:

    Dear Miss Barbara
    With great sadness and a heavy heart we send this and yet I know that heaven has a new angel. I met you some odd 30 years ago when you needed someone to take care of your lawn. Little did I know at that time I was meeting one of the sweetest most thoughtful ladies I could have known. 30 years of friendly conversations, laughter and stories about your world wide travels. I should have told you long ago that your wisdom and gentleness made a better person out of me. Always concerned for others, always putting them first. Pam and I will miss you terribly. There will always be a void in our hearts and our lives now that you have left us

  9. Retta Vance-Poynter says:

    We all loved Barbara and her family. Barbara had a sincere way about her that was so down to earth and refreshing. She will be missed by so many. Thanks for loving us!!

  10. Carole Drew says:

    Bill and Harriet and Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss.

    I knew Barbara through my friendship with Harriet, which has spanned about 25 years!! Harriet hosted Thanksgiving one year early on, and my family was pleased to meet Barbara and get a taste of Southern hospitality. I was amazed at Harriet’s cooking as well as Barbara’s beauty and grace.10 years my senior, she looked 10 years my junior! She had such a dry sense of humor, esp coming from a Southern Belle, and was energetic and in tune with everything.

    At first I viewed Barbara in light of my friendship with Harriet and hearing about Bill. Harriet is nothing short of amazing. I have been most impressed by her integrity, commitment and hard work. She is the best friend, best mother and best person I know. And Bill has devoted his life to teaching, which is such a commitment to the future… I give credit to Barbara for raising such rare gems.

    It was only after Sarah came along that I experienced Barbara as Barbara. In her role of Grandmother, she really amazed and embarrassed me by comparison. Knowing no English at 1st and being very energetic and smart, Sarah kept everyone hopping 24/7! And Barbara not only adjusted, she shone! Barbara kept in constant contact with Sarah. From the earliest time, she called her at bedtime every night. She wrote letters to Sarah very frequently. They vacationed together and spent time in Savannah. Barbara never tired of seeing Sarah and was fun and supportive.

    I’m sure there are little darlings in heaven that Barbara can nourish until the rest of us get there, but I know you will miss her just the same…

  11. Delores Page says:

    Barbara was a “first class lady”. We were neighbors many years ago and our paths crossed again at St. John’s Church as well as at The Cottage Shop. She was always a friendly, kind and witty person. She will really be missed!

    Delores Page

  12. Jerri Cash says:

    Although I did not know Mrs. Gilbert, I do know Bill. He is a friend and colleague. Bill’s commitment to education is a testimony to his mother and father. My thoughts and prayers are with you Bill, and with your family. God bless each of you.

  13. Charlotte Danielon says:

    It was a privilege and honor to have known Barbara Gilbert; I only regret not having seen her in recent years. My best wishes to the family.

  14. Susan Guild Danielson says:

    Many years ago I was traveling from the east coast to Utah for a job, and I decided to take the opportunity to visit family around the country. Barbara took me in for the night, showed me around Savannah, and sent me on my way the next morning warm and happy and feeling loved, appreciated, and cared for. It was such a lovely visit. I think of that visit often. All my love to Bill, Harriet, and Sarah.


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