Cordelia P. Gilbert, homemaker

Cordelia P. "Cordy" Gilbert, a homemaker and flower arranger, died Nov. 24 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Towson's Edenwald retirement community.

She was 91.

A daughter of farmers, Cordelia Phillips was born and raised in Laurel, Del., where she graduated in 1939 from Laurel High School.

She attended the University of Delaware for a year and was a graduate of Goldey Business College in Wilmington.

Mrs. Gilbert worked during the early 1940s at the DuPont Co. in Wilmington as a secretary.

In 1946, she married Charles Gordon Gilbert Sr., and the couple lived on Blenheim Road in Rodgers Forge. They later moved to a 1746 farmhouse on Ridge Road in Baltimore County.

Mr. Gilbert, a real estate appraiser, died in 2007.

Mrs. Gilbert was an accomplished flower arranger who earned many blue ribbons for her arrangements. She liked playing bridge and was an Orioles, Baltimore Colts and Ravens fan.

She was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club and the Baltimore County Club.

Mrs. Gilbert was living in the Woodbrook neighborhood of Baltimore County when she moved to Edenwald in 1999.

She had been a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she had served on the Altar Guild and had headed Circle Ten.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at her church, 5407 N. Charles St.

Surviving are two sons, Charles C. Gilbert Jr. of Guilford and Stephen P.W. Gilbert of Woodbrook; two daughters, Caroline G. Moore of Avalon, Baltimore County, and Phyllis G. Smith of Columbus, Ohio; and nine grandchildren.

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