Sarah Dorothy Gilbody


Sarah Dorothy (Marley) Gilbody, 96 years old, passed away on Sept. 1, 2017, at Arista Care Nursing Home. Born Sept. 20, 1920, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Francis Marley and Bernice (Metzger) Marley. Preceding her in death was her husband of 37 years, Donald; a daughter, Susan; a sister, Bernice Marley; and a brother, Francis (Buzz) Marley.

Surviving are her eight children, Martin, Mary Ann (Rob) Ekblom, Margaret (Bob) Johle, Steven (Carol) Gilbody, Joan (Scott) Keeler, Phillip Gilbody, Donald Gilbody, Gerald Gilbody; nine grandchildren, Christopher Ekblom, Nathan (Sarah) Ekblom, James Ekblom, Reid (Amy) Johle, Zachary Johle, Bryce Johle, Ben Keeler, Sam Keeler, Laura Gilbody; and four great-grandchildren, Antonio Johle, Leo Johle, Mia Johle and Iris Johle.

Sarah had a long and wonderful life, at a young age began working at places like the R&G Knitting Mill and Sears Roebuck to earn enough money to go to nursing school. She graduated from the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing in 1943. After 2 years of training, she enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurses Corp, sworn in as a 2nd Lieutenant. During and after WWII was stationed in places like Liverpool England to Glasco Scotland to Paris (Battle of the Bulge) to Verdun to Dachau & Munich German concentration camps.

After returning home resumed her career as a nurse in the prenatal area of the Williamsport Hospital, wanting to see new life after experiencing the devastation of the war.

She married Don and raised eight children being a stay at home mom. She resumed her career again being a private duty nurse part time and donating a lot of time with the American Red Cross Blood Mobiles.

She loved music, playing the piano, swimming, biking and playing tennis and especially family get togethers, she will be sadly missed.

The family will receive family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road at 10 a.m. on Wednesday Sept. 6, 2017, with her pastor, Rev. John J. Victoria officiating. Following mass, burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions may be made in Sarah’s name to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, TOPEKA, KS 66675