Helen Elizabeth Gilbert
Helen Elizabeth Gilbert
  • December 16, 1942 - June 22, 2017
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Known for her love of the whimsical and her collection of insect themed sculpture and jewelry, Beth’s heartwarming smile and the twinkle in her eye were constant reminders of her love of fun and genuine kindness.

Helen Elizabeth “Beth” Skilling Gilbert, 74, passed away June 22, 2017. She was born in Ontario, Canada, in the winter of 1942 to the late Donald Skilling and Betty Millar Skilling Parker. A tiny sprite of a girl, Beth grew up with a love of reading and animals. To Beth every dog was a puppy and every book a good read.

With Beth’s passing we remind others that her life is to be celebrated. She taught all those who were lucky enough to know her about the power of kindness, the strength of a good laugh, and the importance of every moment. Charles Dickens wrote, “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” Beth’s children David “Nick,” Steven, and Susan Harsanyi remember her kindness, soft heart and boundless motherly enthusiasm. She reveled in their accomplishments, their lives, their happiness, but especially their children; Ashley, Cierra, Nicholas, Stevie, Meagan, Brittany, and Keri-Lynn were her great joy. They will share with Myah, Raylan and Denny recipes and family stories of how very special their great-grandmother was.

Beth will also be remembered by her siblings Judy Parker (Rick), John Parker (Jane), Ian Parker (Shelly), and Gary Parker all of Canada. She was the loving wife of Stephen Gilbert for 29 years. He will miss their outings and adventures.

Beth will be greeted in Heaven by her parents and her brother David Skilling.

The family will hold a memorial service at later date.