WILMINGTON — Marcia Ann Hurley Gilbert passed away peacefully in the early morning of November 10, 2021 with family by her side. She was born on August 22, 1934 in Youngstown, OH, the daughter of John “Jack” Edward Hurley and Sadie Kathryne McClafferty Hurley. Marcia was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and member of the Cambridge Village community.
Marcia grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Yonkers, New York when she was a teenager. In Yonkers, she attended Roosevelt High School and moved to New York City upon graduation. There she lived a vibrant life, working as a Package Coordinator in the design department at the Avon headquarters at Rockefeller Center, an accomplishment she was proud of. Marcia met Thomas Edward Gilbert in 1957 at the Jersey Shore where they were both vacationing at the time. While dating, Marcia and Tom enjoyed attending the symphony and theater and lived the city life she was so fond of. They were married on a beautiful, clear, windy day at the Church of the Holy Family in Manhattan on April 20, 1963.
In 1967, Marcia and Tom moved to Armonk, New York, where they raised three children. There, Marcia eventually worked in the Armonk Flower Shop, as a travel agent, and as a professional photographer. Marcia was well known in the Armonk community, serving as a Welcome Wagon Hostess, warmly welcoming new families to the area. She was an exceptional host to visitors from near and far, always making guests feel welcomed, comfortable and taken care of.
Marcia was not afraid to travel the world with three children in tow. Throughout their lives, Tom’s work and family vacations created opportunities for him and Marcia to show their children many different countries. Her children remember Marcia thoroughly immersing the family in the culture of the locations they would visit, whether it be Milan, Italy, London, England or China.
Marcia and her late husband, Tom, moved to the Wilmington, North Carolina area from Armonk, New York in 1994. Despite losing her beloved Tom a few years after their move to Wilmington, Marcia continued to enjoy a life filled with pursuing and enjoying her passions, which included the arts and theater, Mah Jongg, travel, hosting friends, and of course her seven grandchildren. Marcia also dedicated her time volunteering with various organizations across Wilmington, including Thalian Hall, the Cameron Art Museum, and the New Hanover Regional Medical Center NICU. She cherished the communities and friendships each of these opportunities added to her life. Marcia was also a lifelong learner, regularly attending courses led by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW and always keeping up on the latest through her children and grandchildren.
Marcia encouraged her children and grandchildren to dream big and instilled a confidence to accomplish those goals. She encouraged those around her to keep an open mind and handle with grace the tough situations that God sometimes places in our paths. Marcia was an incredibly resilient woman throughout her life and was admired by many. Her family takes comfort in knowing that she is in Heaven with her husband Tom.
Marcia is survived by her three children, Maryann Lovell and her husband Lanny Lovell of Massachusetts, Gregory Gilbert and his wife Mary Ellen Gilbert of Massachusetts, Paul Gilbert and his wife Rachel Gilbert of North Carolina, and grandchildren Sarah Gilbert, Emily Gilbert, Kevin Gilbert, Bryan Gilbert, Sean Gilbert, Kathryne Lovell, and Molly Gilbert. She also leaves behind her beloved Maltipoo, Casey.
It is Marcia’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. A funeral service will be held at St. Mark Catholic Church in Wilmington, North Carolina on December 10th at noon.