San Jose Mercury News (CA) - November 12, 2005
Sue Gilbert


Sue Gilbert Daughter of California pioneer family, dies at the age of 99. Born Susie Helen Flanagan to John and Susie Flanagan Nee Brandon, in Merced where her father had been overseer of the 128,000 acre Chowchilla Ranch. They later moved to the El Nido family home ranch. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Sue graduated from Fresno State College with a teaching degree in 1928 and began her career as a teacher in the oil field towns of the Southern San Joaquin Valley.

In 1930, Sue married Paul F. Gilbert in Los Angeles where she and Paul had two sons, Paul Michael and Barton Jay. The family moved to Aptos in 1946 where she lived until her death on October 18th, 2005.

In 1947 Mrs. Gilbert began teaching in Santa Cruz County at the two-teacher school in Pleasant Valley. As the school systems in the County began to consolidate she taught at Salsipuedes and Freedom. Sue later moved to the Corralitos School to teach for seven years and to the Loma Prieta School in Santa Clara County where she taught until she retired.

Following her many years of teaching, Sue traveled extensively around the world. She spent many hours in her garden and remained independent, driving, shopping and running errands until her last day.

Sue, born into a family of ten is survived by two Sisters, Doris Churchill and Isabel Derringer, one brother Tom Flanagan, her two sons, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A gathering of family and friends will remember and celebrate Sue Gilbert's life in Aptos at Ma Maison on Saturday, November 26th. Sue did not want any flowers, but preferred that donations be made to Save the Redwoods League, P.O. Box 44614, San Francisco, California