Obituary: Carol Stevenson Gilbert

Dec. 31, 1942 – Aug.25, 2023

Carol Stevenson Gilbert died Aug. 25, 2023 in Altoona, Florida.

She was born Dec. 31, 1942 to Carl W. and Beulah Reed in Centralia, IL. She graduated from Centralia High School in 1960, subsequently completing the nursing program at St. Luke’s in St. Louis, MO. She received a Master’s Degree from Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL. Her last position was a Parish Nurse and Wellness Ministry Coordinator in Door County, Wisconsin.

Carol married James Stevenson in Centralia on Oct. 29, 1963. Two children were born to the couple and they later divorced after over 30 years of marriage. She moved to Florida in September, 2011 and married Fred Gilbert in October, 2012.

Carol was an accomplished watercolor artist, and often exhibited and sold her work at art exhibitions. She actively participated in local church activities, offering advice and suggestions to those experiencing medical issues. She was active in women’s organizations and frequently was a presenter at healthcare seminars.  She was deeply rooted in her faith, and endeavored to make the world a better place for all.  

She is survived by her husband, Fred Gilbert, Altoona, FL; son Lance Stevenson, Tampa, FL; daughter Sarah (Marc) Noll, Oswego, IL; grandchildren Reed Stevenson, Brock, Piper and Hayden Noll; brother James (Jean) Reed, The Villages; stepdaughters Elizabeth (Don) Knotts, Madison, TN and Cynthia (Michael) David, Bridgeport WV.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

After cremation, a graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Centralia, IL at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.