Frances Abbot Laws Gilbert (Fran)

August 1, 1932 - January 10, 2023 Kennett Square, PA | Age 90 Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend.

Frances Abbot Laws Gilbert (Fran), age 90, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at home from the natural consequences of old age.

Fran led a very ordinary life. Loved to cook. Played bridge. Did needlework. A green-thumb gardener. Avid reader. Loved to travel. Ran a nice card shop in Kennett Square for several years during the 90’s called Papier.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, David Fanton Gilbert. She is survived by her three children, Lesley Jessica Gilbert Natalie, David Fanton Gilbert, Jr., and Betsy Jean Gilbert Benner; three grandchildren, Andrew, Stephanie, and David; and three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Brody, and Brianna.

She always said she did four things right in her life. She married David in 1954. She gave birth to Lesley, David Jr., and Betsy.

Fran liked to repeat a story about Minnie Pearl, the Grand Ol’ Opry star of the 40’s. Minnie always appeared on the stage with a huge smile and a huge “How-dee!!!” She always wore a wonderful hat, with the price tag still dangling from its brim. When asked what she wanted people to remember about her when she was gone, she replied, “I want people to think of me and smile”.

Fran’s final wish, in lieu of any memorial services, was simply that we all be kind to one another.

Contributions in her memory may be made to a cause important to you.

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com

Arrangements by the Foulk Funeral Home, West Grove, PA


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  1. Sending love and hugs to the Gilbert Family. Mrs. Gilbert always had a smile and a silly saying (or two!) for me whenever I visited her various beautiful homes. I hope all the wonderful memories you have will help lessen the sadness.

    Marjorie Freshley | January 20, 2023 at 12:42 PM
  2. Fran & David, her husband, were always close to their family and friends. We will sadly miss them both. Fran was an avid reader and a wonderful cook. We will always remember her for her generosity and kindness throughout our long friendship, Rest in peace dear Fran and David too. With great admiration and loving memory from us both – Michael C. & Robert E.

    Michael Cowles & Robert Ecton | January 19, 2023 at 5:02 PM

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