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Merril Lee Jackson-Gilbert

Merril Lee Jackson-Gilbert
Memorial Candle
September 03, 1927 -- Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Visitation Information:
Service Information: Memorial to be held at Eastlawn Cemetery in Salisbury, MO on Saturday, September 15 at 11:30 AM.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Salisbury, R-IV School District’s Art or Music departments.


Merril Lee Jackson – Gilbert passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family on August 28, 2018.  Merril’s maiden name was Richardson and she was born September 3, 1927 in Brunswick, MO. Her parents were Burl Lamon Richardson and Lucy Lee Cox. Her mother died when she was four months old and she was adopted by a great uncle and aunt, Hazel and E.E. Harris of Keytesville, MO.

Merril Lee was a member of the First Baptist Church, Salisbury, MO. She graduated from Keytesville High School and the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, where she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. After teaching elementary school in Salisbury for twenty years, she returned to her original goal in life; painting. She became a professional artist and workshop instructor, winning many honors and awards. Memberships in art organizations include Missouri Watercolor Society, Brush and Palette Club of Camdenton, and Columbia Art League. And, while doing her most important work of being the loving and dedicated matriarch of the family, she successfully inspired three generations to love and appreciate fine arts and learning. 

Merril Lee married Myron W. Jackson April 5, 1945, who preceded her in death February 1992. She lived at The Lake of the Ozarks for 21 years during which time she married to Joe B. Gilbert II on March 17, 2005, who proceeded her in death in February 2015.  She was also proceeded in death by one brother, Jack K. Richardson of Columbia.

Survivors include daughter, Shelley DiMartini of Springfield MO, Mira Jackson of Salisbury MO, granddaughter, Amanda DiMartini of Springfield, Mo, and great-granddaughter, Amaya Gardner of Springfield, MO, one brother, Clifford R. Richardson of Columbia, MO, and three nieces. 


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