NAPLES, Fla. — Grace Brooks Gilder, 83, of Naples Florida, passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, with family by her side at Vitas Healthcare Facility in Naples.
Mrs. Gilder was born in Denham, Buckinghamshire, England on May 8, 1936, to Frederick Scrace Brooks and Grace Lillian Armour Brooks. She graduated high school and met the love of her life, Donald Hamilton Gilder at Ruislip Air Force Base, near London, England, where he was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. They married June 25, 1955, in Slough, England.
After Mr. Gilder’s retirement from USAF, they moved to Greenville to make their home in 1972. Mrs. Gilder was Manager of Schlom’s Jewelry for over 30 years. She was a certified gemologist. She was a longtime member of Parkview Baptist Church/Cornerstone Baptist Church in Greenville.
She was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband, Don, who passed away Nov. 28, 2015. Mrs. Gilder moved to Naples, Florida, in June 2018 to live with family and enjoy the Florida sunshine.
She is survived by two sons, Stephen Donald (Shirley) of Naples, Florida, and Timothy Drexel (Beth) Gilder, of Ft. Worth, Texas; five grandchildren, Dr. Andrew Stephen Gilder (Danielle), of San Diego, California, Nicholas Hamilton Gilder, of Memphis, Tennessee, Stephanie Grace Gilder, Christian Joiner Gilder and Timothy Boone Gilder, all of Ft. Worth, Texas; two sisters, Joyce Evelyn Smith and Queenie Dorothy Morton, of England, three brothers, Lionel Brooks and David Brooks, of England, and Dennis Brooks, of Australia, one brother-in-law, Larry Anderson Gilder (Sharon), of Overland Park, Kansas; one very special niece, Angela Holland of La Cygne, Kansas; nephew, Ryan Gilder, of Olathe, Kansas, nephew, Colin Smith, of Denver, Colorado; sister-in-law, Dot Gilder, of Greenville; and the light of her life for the past six months, great-grandson, Anderson James Gilder, of San Diego, California.
Mrs. Gilder was known by all her friends as a woman of faith, great humor and sharp wit. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and multitude of friends.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Mortimer Funeral Home, with visitation from 9-10 a.m., prior to the service. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home.
Memorials made be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Mission Fund at Cornerstone Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.