Priscilla Darlyn Gilbreath

Patricia Darlyn Gilbreath passed away peacefully in Ridgecrest, Calif., on Marh 18, 2013, with her husband by her side.

Her services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6, at Immanuel Baptist Church Ministry Center, 1201 N. China Lake Blvd., Ridgecrest. A light luncheon will follow.

Born Priscilla Darlyn Klein in Monessen, Pa., to Joseph Edward and Goldie Emaline Klein on June 7, 1938, Priscilla moved to Ridgecrest with her family in 1943. She first attended school at Burroughs at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake. In 1949 the family bought a new Ford pickup and small trailer and headed for Alaska via the Alaska-Canada Highway, then a dirt road. Her father went to work on the Army base at Fort Richardson, Alaska, until he opened the Eagle Rock Service Station in Eagle River, Alaska. That was the first store of its kind in the community.

Priscilla worked in her father’s service station and attended a two-room school in Peters Creek until the 8th grade, when she was bused along with other Eagle River students to Anchorage High School, now known as West Anchorage High. Priscilla’s working career included working for the Air Force, Army and Corps of Engineers from which she retired in 1994. She also started the Rent-A-Can Portable Toilet business in Eagle River, Alaska, with her husband at the time.

She married Clyde Gilbreath in 1977, putting together her family of four children from previous marriage and Clyde’s family of three. They took their new family of seven children as their own. Priscilla and Clyde enjoyed 35 plus loving years together.

Priscilla loved traveling ever since she was a child, and after Clyde’s retirement in 1995. Priscilla and Clyde would fulfill her passion by traveling. They traveled from Alaska in the summer to Yuma, Ariz., in the winter, visiting other states along the way. In 1999 while visiting a sick uncle (Cass Roquemore) in Ridgecrest, they found a town that they would enjoy living in. They bought a house in 2000, but continued to summer in Alaska or at a thousand-trails camp grown in La Conner, Wash., where she worked with recreation and housekeeping. She particularly liked teaching kids crafts.

When she finally had to settle down because of health issues, Priscilla and Clyde moved full time into their house in Ridgecrest.

She leaves her husband, Clyde of Ridgecrest, her mother Goldie Klein, 97, of Anchorage; her brother Dennis Klein of Anchorage, her sister Reggie Joy and husband, Jay of Anchorage; daughters, Cindy Navarre and husband Pat of Wasilla, Alaska, Christine Gilbreath of Boise, Idaho, and Syrena Rheault and husband Jim of Eagle River, Alaska; sons, Keith White and wife Robin of Anchorage, Kirk White and wife Mandy of Rockingham, N.C., James Gilbreath and wife Anita of Anchorage, and David Gilbreath and wife Patty of Escondido, Calif.,; along with 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and counting.

Priscilla loved God, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school and being there anytime the doors were open for as long as she could. She now sings in a Heavenly choir.

Submitted by the family of Priscilla Gilbreath

Story First Published: 2013-04-03