Christina "Chris" Gilbert, 58

Christina "Chris" Lynn Gilbert, 58, of Houston, Texas, died February 26, 2016, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.

She was born July 16, 1957, in Wabash, to Max and Jean (Van Zant) Gilbert.

Chris was a 1975 graduate of Southwood High School, and received her Bachelor's & Master's Degree from Purdue University.  She was a superb athlete.  She was a tri-captain of the Purdue University Track and Field Team, where she threw the shot put, and competed at the Olympic Trials in Puerto Rico. Chris was an avid Purdue fan.  She was a member of the Foundry United Methodist Church in Houston. Chris was a Special Education Specialist at Spring Wood Middle School in Houston and was named "Teacher of the Month." She enjoyed reading, music, sports, and working with her special children.

She is survived by her mother, Jean Gilbert of Wabash; sister, Elizabeth Gilbert of Lafayette; brother, Eric (Nora) Gilbert of Houston; aunts, Judie (Bill) Silvers of Fort Wayne, Marilyn Komechak of Fort Worth, Texas, and Luann (Chet) Coy of Fort Wayne; uncles, Stan Gilbert of Marion,  and Larry Van Zant of Fort Wayne, and two goddaughters, Jamie Weaver Dunmore, and Jessica Weaver Feagler.

She was preceded in death by her father, Max Gilbert, brother, Douglas Jay Gilbert, grandparents, Kenneth & Dorothy (Shultz) Van Zant, and Russell & Evelyn (Snyder) Gilbert.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave, Wabash, with the Rev. Larry Ray officiating.  Friends may call 4-7 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date.

Preferred memorials are the John Purdue Club, Methodist Church Children's Home, America First, or Compassion.

The memorial guest book for Chris may be signed at



Posted on 2016 Mar 08