Note: there will also be a memorial service for Barbara’s family and friends in the Pittsburgh area on Saturday July 23 at 10:00AM, Church of the Atonement, 618 Washington Ave, Carnegie PA.
Barbara Bush (“Bobbie”) Guilbert, 78, of Southampton PA, formerly of Ambler PA, departed this life and entered God’s rest in the early morning hours of Saturday July 9, 2011 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Montclair NJ to Esther and Warren Bush, Barbara was a graduate of Montclair High School and Douglass College with a major in physical education. During her high school and college years Barbara won many swimming and diving competitions, and she became a physical education teacher at Beaver College, Philadelphia, PA, after graduation. She married Nicholas R. Guilbert III of Glenside, PA in December of 1957 and before their 1992 divorce they raised a family of four in Roslyn PA, Blue Bell PA, and Ambler PA. During and after her marriage Barbara held a variety of jobs including working in a fabric store, waiting tables at a family restaurant, and in her 60s, returning to teaching physical education. Until her final illness Barbara was exceptionally healthy and was limber enough to play Twister with her grandchildren well into her 70s. She was also active in her church, St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Churchville PA, for many years.
Barbara is survived by her brothers Dr. Warren V. Bush of Burleson TX and Nicholas Bush of Verona NJ; her sister Marcie Bush Herkner of Little Falls NJ; her children Margaret Guilbert Bowman of Pittsburgh PA, Nicholas R. Guilbert IV of Hightstown NJ, Kenneth Guilbert of Ambler PA and Jeannette Guilbert of Ambler PA; and grandchildren Hannah Guilbert, Stephen Guilbert, Sarah Guilbert, Tyler Bowman and Micah Bowman.
A memorial service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 1150 Bristol Rd., Churchville PA on Tuesday July 12 at 2:00PM followed by a reception at the church. Because it was Barbara’s wish to donate her physical remains to the advancement of science there will be no visitation, viewing, interment, or graveside service. In honor of her personal battle against cancer Barbara has requested that memorial gifts be sent to the American Cancer Society.
The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of Southampton Estates for their wonderful care for Barbara in her last years and especially during the last weeks of her illness; the clergy and congregation of St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church; and a special thank-you to her beau Maurice for bringing light and a special love to Barbara’s final years. Barbara will be remembered as a woman who loved family and friends deeply, loved life passionately, and above all loved Jesus her Lord and Saviour.