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Hazel Ione Gilbert, age 97 of Kahoka, MO, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019 in the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka.

Ione was born March 8, 1922 in Boone, IA, a daughter of Azel and Emma Sherrard McClain.

As a child, Ione attended Sacred Heart school in Boone, IA.

Prior to her marriage she worked at the Ordinance Plant in Ankeny, IA and also at Ben Franklin in Boone, IA.


She was united in marriage to Otha Edward Gilbert on March 25, 1944 in Boone.

She went to Georgia with Eddie until he was sent over seas during World War II.

While in Georgia, she worked at a peanut factory before returning to Boone when he was shipped out.

She and Eddie moved to Kahoka in 1949 to make their home.

She later worked at Ben Franklin in Kahoka and then for the City of Kahoka for 13 years.


Survivors include a daughter, Rose (Rusty) Smith of Kahoka; a son, Richard Gilbert of Kahoka; son-in-law, Bob Johnson of Texas; two granddaughters, Aleta (Dennis) Thompson of Luray, and Violet Gilbert of Keokuk; seven grandsons: Shawn (Roberta) McAfee of Kahoka, Monty (Alyce) McAfee of Kahoka, Jared (Jill) McAfee of Luray, Dan (Shelby) McAfee of Kahoka, Brian Johnson of Anchorage, AK, Daniel Gilbert of Saratoga Springs, NY and Dustin Gilbert of Keokuk, IA; seventeen great grandchildren: Luke (Jaime) Griffis of Sperry, IA, Cheyenne (Jason) Stow of Kahoka, MO Caitlyn Griffis (Derrell Glasper) of Keokuk, IA, Tyler (Mackenzie) Shinkle of Lowell, IA, Kyle (Jordyn) Shinkle of Kahoka, MO, Andrew McAfee of Eldon, IA, Scott (Liberty) McAfee of Kahoka, MO, Emily McAfee of Kahoka, MO, Kody McAfee of Eldon, MO, Kaylee McAfee, Layne McAfee and Gracelin (Caleb) Hathaway, all of Kahoka, MO, Ethan McAfee of Kirksville, MO, Evan McAfee of Kahoka, MO, Slade McAfee of Maryville, MO and Jaden and Lathan McAfee, both of Kahoka, MO; twenty-one great-great grandchildren; a niece,  Kathy (Al) Moffet of Boone, IA and three nephews, Jim (Cindy) McClain of Ogdon, IA, Gary (Pam) McClain of Boone, IA, and Steve (Moe) McClain of Boone, IA.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Otha Edward Gilbert on September 6, 2004; her daughter, Joyce Johnson on January 28, 2004; son-in-law, P. R. McAfee on April 18, 1996; a brother, Vernon McClain on June 26, 1981; and sister, Irene, in infancy, in February of 1928.


Ione enjoyed all of her grandchildren and families.

She loved travel, many times taking  Olive and Arthur Evans with her and Eddie.

Her last “big trip” was in August of 1998 to Alaska with Rose and her cousin, Joan, to visit Joyce and family, and first time on a plane.

She also loved to shop and go to the Clark Co. Senior Center.

She loved tending to her flowers, gardening and watching birds.

Ione was a faithful and devoted member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society.

She was the oldest parishioner at her death.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, November 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kahoka with Father Rob Fields, Presider.  Organist was Mrs. Julie Kirchner and Pianist Mrs. Coleen Watson.

Special music “Here I Am, Lord” was by grandchildren and “Peace in Christ” by great great Granddaughters.

Shawn McAfee was Reader, Gift bearers were Lora Cameron and Rosalie Clift and Eucharistic Ministers were Ed Riney and Mary Clatt.


Pallbearers were Shawn McAfee, Monte McAfee, Jared McAfee, Daniel McAfee, Daniel Gilbert, Dustin Gilbert and Dennis Thompson.


Burial was in the Kahoka Cemetery.


Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after 9 a.m. Thursday.  Rosary will began  at 4:30 p.m. followed by family receiving friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.


Memorials were suggested to the St. Michael Altar and Rosary Society.


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