Shirley Ann Somerlott, 86, of Angola, Indiana, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, January 3, 2022.
She was born in Williams County, Ohio on March 21, 1935, to Robert J. and Hazel A. (Musser) Lockhart.
Shirley graduated from Metz High School.
She married Wendell W. Gilbert on October 30, 1954. Together they worked on the family farm until his death in 1986. On August 11, 1990, she married Ned A. Somerlott and continued working on the farm. She had worked over 65 years on the farm and loved every minute of it.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Shirley was a member of the Metz Christian Church, Metz Ladies Aide and was a Sunday school teacher at the church. She was Richland Township Trustee and sexton of the Metz Cemetery for many years.
Shirley enjoyed playing Euchre with her friends, singing in the church choir and being a 4H leader. Most of all she loved spending time with her family. She was always supporting her grandchildren’s sports, academics and 4-H endeavors.
Surviving is her loving husband of 31 years, Ned A. Somerlott of Angola, Indiana; her sons, David (Estela) Gilbert of Lansing, Michigan, Dennis Gilbert of Angola, Indiana and Wesley Gilbert of Fort Wayne, Indiana; daughter-in-law, Kelly Gilbert of Fremont, Indiana; step-children, Sandy (Brad) Igney of Wolcottville, Indiana and Debbie (Bruce) Brinkley of Marion, Indiana. Surviving siblings, Suzanne Bean of Santee, California and Robert “Wes” (Penny) Lockhart of Port Orchard, Washington. Also surviving are her beloved 7 grandchildren, Sarah, Ashley, Justin, Clark, Cora, Brandon, Briana and 6 great-grandchildren, Madison, Lilly, Oliver, Lillian, Noah and Mikel.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert J. Lockhart; mother, Hazel A. Lockhart Shock; husband, Wendell W. Gilbert in 1986; son, Larry K. Gilbert in 2020 and 2 stepchildren, Judy Springer and Andy Somerlott.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM, on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at the Weicht Funeral Home in Angola, Indiana with Pastor Mike Hesterman officiating.
Visitation will be from 4-6 PM on Monday, January 10, 2022, at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Metz Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Metz Christian Church.
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