Idia Mae DeClue Gilbert of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on Monday, August 18, 2014, having reached the age of fifty-seven years, nine months and six days. Idia was born in DeSoto, MO, on November 12, 1956, daughter of Jacob Daniel Dobbs, known to most as Dee, and Helen Charlene Dobbs nee Courtway. On April 12, 1974, she was united in marriage to Charles Edward DeClue, known to all as Chuck, and three children came to bless this union. On August 20, 2005, she was united in marriage to David Franklin Gilbert and their families were joined as one,
Idia is survived by her husband, David Gilbert of St. Clair, MO; by her children, George DeClue and wife, Angela, of St. Clair, Helen Gardner and husband, Dennis, of Potosi, MO and Jason DeClue and wife, Tiffany, of St. Clair. Jolena Mayfield and husband, Chris, of Rock Hill, MO and Glenna Girardier and husband, Tim, of Washington, MO; by her mother, Helen Dobbs of Cadet, MO; by her mothers-in-law, Beulah DeClue Merseal of St. Clair and Blanche Maness of Cadet; by her brothers, David Dobbs and companion, Monica Gray, of Cadet, Jake Dobbs of Cadet and John Dobbs, known to all as Jack, and wife, Lacey, of Cadet; by her sisters, Mary Bell and husband, Terry, of Ramsey, IL, and Barbara Littrell and husband, Art, of Potosi, MO; by twelve grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Idia was preceded in death by her father, Dee Dobbs; and by her first husband, Chuck DeClue.
Idia was a Christian of the Baptist faith and in past years, had enjoyed visiting Duly Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. During her working career she was employed as a machine operator at Missouri Knife Company in St. Clair. She had also been previously employed by The Children’s Factory and Sunset Nursing Home, both in Union, MO. Idia was a member of American Legion Post # 347 Ladies Auxiliary in St. Clair and past member and Past President of VFW Post #2482 Ladies Auxiliary in St. Clair. Idia had been a devoted member of these organizations for twenty-five years, always there to work in whatever capacity was needed. She was a current member and Past Chaplain of VFW Post # 3987 Ladies Auxiliary in Sullivan, MO. Idia was a very patriotic person and evidence of that was in the time she gave to the VFW and the donations she gave to the Wounded Warrior Project. What meant most to her though, was time spent with her family. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.
A kind and loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, niece, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
VFW Ladies Auxiliary services and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary services were held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home at 7:30 PM. Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Friday, August 22, 2014 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Don Strausser officiating. Interment was in Emily Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to David Gilbert.