Sarah Gilbert Wilcoxson, 94, of Bowling Green, died Feb. 25, 2011, at her home.
She was born Nov. 3, 1916. She studied at Bowling Green Business University and worked at the law office of Congressman William Natcher. She married the late George C. Wilcoxson and joined him in building and managing restaurants and bakeries where many Bowling Green couples met their spouses, had birthday and wedding cakes decorated by Sarah and returned to tell stories of their lives over three generations. Her businesses included the University Inn, Cardinal Restaurant, Sweet Shop and Quick and Tasty Bakery. She was active in the Bowling Green and Smiths Grove Presbyterian churches and schools, taught adult classes and served as a deacon and elder. She was a member and president of the Bowling Green Professional Women’s Club as well as a full-time mother and homemaker. In retirement, she enjoyed international travels with daughters and friends, fellowship with the Smiths Grove church family and art projects with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her family who rejoice in the rich life she lived and are ever grateful for the love she instilled in all she knew. She was a daughter of the late Melvin Gilbert and Mary Anne Bengston Gilbert.
Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Smiths Grove Presbyterian Church, with burial at the Smiths Grove Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. J.C. Kirby & Son Funeral Home, Broadway Avenue chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Smiths Grove Presbyterian Church or World Vision Children’s Fund.
Survivors include three daughters, Eve Rice and her husband, Bill, of Bowling Green, with whom she lived during the last years of her life, Elaine Wilcoxson of Maryland and Georgeann Wilcoxson of Virginia; a son, David Wilcoxson of Bowling Green; grandchildren, Alexandra Watts, London Rice Fergus, Joshua Boone Wilcoxson and Deanna Wilcoxson Dodd; great-grandchildren, Canton and Carter, and Livia Ginsler; a brother, Lawrence “Coach Butch” Gilbert and family; a daughter-in-law, Alice V. Anderson; and several devoted nieces and nephews.