Obituary of La Rue Gilbert
La Rue (Workcuff) Gilbert was born in Kansas City, Missouri on February 11, 1953 to Bertha Mae Chamberlain and Leroy Dancy.
La Rue accepted Christ at an early age and united with the St. Stephens Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Following the separation of her parents her mother met and married First Sergeant Marion C. Chamberlain of the United States Army, and the entire family moved to Frankfurt, Germany. While in Germany, La Rue attended the Department of Defense Education Activity schools and was a cheerleader and vocalist for the marching band. Later she was the lead singer for a female trio group "The BAPS" (Black American Princess) and toured Europe until the family returned to the United States.
La Rue returned to the United States in 1970 and moved to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where she graduated from Waynesville High School in 1972. Following graduation she met her soul mate, Clavis Carl Gilbert, known as "Red" and the two were joined in holy matrimony on May 15, 1972 in the great State of Oklahoma. To this union three children were born — La Mont Marcellous, La Shay Naomi, and Clavis La Carl.
La Rue and her family united with the Greater Marshall Memorial Baptist Church in 1981 under the leadership of Dr. Moses Howard, Jr. and served in various auxiliaries. She especially loved serving in the youth auxiliary because it gave her an opportunity to directly impact young people in the community. She spearheaded many events for the youth from cooking classes, sewing classes, church lock-ins, and Vacation Bible School. Most notably, La Rue was known for her ability to pay attention to the small details in everything and unintention¬ally assumed the role of Church Historian by documenting all pastoral messages and capturing all events with video and pictures.
La Rue has always had a love for family and self-improvement. She was a very strong icon in her community with a passion for mentoring, educating, and encouraging the youth. Larue was always willing to be the surrogate mother to any person that was in need. One of the many reasons she was loved by all that knew her was because there were never any limitations to her giving. She started by being the Vice President and Secretary of her neighborhood Park Estates Associations, she was a member of The Herron of Jericho, and a member of the Millwood Band Boosters. Her pride and joy was being a Girl Scout Leader for Troop 568 and Den Leader for Boy Scout Troop 316. Both of the aforementioned troops were the first created by Clavis and La Rue in their community.
After the completion of various business classes she owned and operated La Rue's Cakes and Accessories for 12 years and provided employment and training for many young people. Additionally, La Rue decided to share her gifts and talents by teaching at Metro Tech and at Michaels Craft Store as a Certi¬fied Wilton Cake Decorator.
She was preceded in death by her parents and eight siblings.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 44 years, Clavis Carl Gilbert; her children: La Mont Gilbert of Houston, Texas, La Shay Friday (Klancy) of Newport News, Virginia, and La Carl Gilbert of Pasadena, Mary¬land; her surrogate children, Rev. David and Angelicia Howard; her siblings: Rev. Galen Workcuff (Ruthie) of Kansas City, Missouri, Gail Walton (Alfred) of Kansas City, Missouri, Le Roi Workcuff (Janet) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Dr. Sheila Chamberlain of Hollywood, Florida. She also leaves 14 grand¬children, and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
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