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Marka Lynn Gilbertson

Mrs. Marka Lynn Gilbertson, 64, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Marka was born Dec. 31, 1949, in Morris, Ill., to Arthur and Eileen Leach. She graduated from Morris Community High School, where she met her high school sweetheart, Robert P. Gilbertson. They later married — on Feb. 15, 1970.

She also attended Eastern Illinois University.

Marka was a daughter, sister, devoted wife, loving mother, proud grammy and Auntie M.

She is survived by her parents; her husband, Robert P. Gilbertson (Robert & Jean Gilbertson); and her two children, Ashli Renee Foresta (Steve) of South Jordan, Utah, and Adam Rhett Gilbertson (Kelsey) of Littleton, Colo. She was so proud of her two grandchildren, Sophia Lee Foresta and Joey Angelo Foresta, and enjoyed spending time with them. She is also survived by her two sisters, Lianne Moyer and Gina Marie Hoyt (Ray), and multiple nieces and nephews.

Marka and her family moved to Castle Rock, Colo., in 1989. She developed a passion for working with fresh flowers and spent many years as a floral designer, which she loved. She enjoyed good health throughout her life, loved walking every day, and spending time with her friends and family.

In March of 2013, a brain tumor was discovered, which Marka fought courageously.

A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in Morris, at the First United Methodist Church, 118 W. Jackson St.

A second memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in Castle Rock, Colo., at the First United Methodist Church, 1200 South St.

In lieu of flowers, Marka’s family would appreciate a donation to Porter Hospice, a not-for-profit hospice residence, where Marka was treated with kindness and dignity that made her final days of life peaceful. Your donation will bring peace of mind to those that Porter Hospice serves and allow families to concentrate on spending precious time together.

Donations may be made, in Marka’s name, to Porter Hospice Foundation, 1391 Speer Blvd., Suite 600, Denver, Colo., 80204

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