Barbara Ann (Gilbert) Paul
Barbara Ann (Gilbert) Paul, 75, passed away peacefully at her home in Largo, Fla.
Born in Plattsburgh, the oldest of four children, Barbara was the only daughter of the late Deacon Joseph Gilbert II and the late Marion (Gravelle) Gilbert; she was a proud lifelong community member of Au Sable Forks until her retirement to Largo, Fla., in 2008.
The fun-filled "people person" Barbara was, she wore several career hats in the customer service arena that included being one of the countless ORDA employees during the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, waitressing at a variety of local restaurants, a hostess at the
former Lake Placid Hilton and Floral Manager at Price Chopper. Barbara's most cherished career choice was owning and operating her own successful floral shop for many years, "Michael's Floral Expressions." She named the business in memory of her son Michael who passed away in a tragic car accident.
A zest for life, Barbara was blessed with a personality filled with laughter and a sense of humor. Her laugh was infectious and could be heard across the room. As times were tough throughout her
life as a single mother to three children, Barbara pressed through them with much positivity and determination. The family unit was a priority in her life and was demonstrated through her love for family gatherings, cooking and the holiday season, to name a few. Barbara was an avid bowler beginning in the 1970's as a team member for Sharkey's Dollys at Riverside Bowling Lanes. During her retirement along the Gulf of Mexico, Barbara relished in her days at the beach and travels throughout the "Sunshine State" with her best friend and husband Norman. Shortly after their move to Florida, Barbara developed fun and lasting friendships with many neighbors of the Caribbean Isles Retirement community. Until her cancer diagnosis, Barbara would enjoy virtually everyday at the Clubhouse either having lunch with the ladies, a lazy poolside day or assisting with the coordination of a function.
Left to cherish Barbara's memories are her beloved husband, Norman Paul, daughters Michelle (Michael) Jackson and Daniella Smith, her first-born grandchild whom Barbara considered a third daughter, Brittany (Elvis) Garrow, granddaughters, Keirstin Whitney, Emily (Dan) Moore, Victoria Whitney, Renee Sousie, Alexandria Bombard, Jamie Bombard, her only grandson, Irie Jackson and great-grandchildren, Quinn, Triton, Avery, Scarlett, Noel, Mason, Blake and baby Cullen (due to arrive in 2020). In addition to her pride and joys, Barbara is survived by her brothers Bruce (Linda) Gilbert, Gene (Kevin) Gilbert and her sister-in-law, Sandra Gilbert along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and her Floridian friends.
In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her son Michael O'Donahue, granddaughter Abbigail O'Donahue and brother, Joseph Gilbert III.
A Celebration of Barbara's life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Holy Name Church/Au Sable Forks followed by a Reception at the Au Sable Forks Fire Department.
Published on December 3, 2019


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Geoff & Sharron Hewston
Dec 06, 2019
Our deepest condolences to those loved ones Barbie leaves behind to cherish her memory. Her life was about about Family! I pray Barb's sweet memories bring you comfort and one day make you smile. I am certainly her beloved son Michael was their to great his Mom with open arms at Heavens Gate.
Ruth Williams
Dec 06, 2019
You will always be in my heart & thoughts Barb.Till we meet again.
Christine Bombard Ero
Dec 04, 2019
I will cherish the last conversation we had, how we laughed about how I showed you how to tease your hair. Rest in peace Barb.
Dec 03, 2019
There really are no words for the gratitude I feel for what you have done for me over the years. You opened your home , arms, and heart to me when I really had nowhere else to turn. The sorrow I feel at times can be overwhelming, you were the best mother figure anyone could ever ask for.
I really miss our daily chats, I love yous, and goodnights.
Heaven has definitely gained someone incredibly special and will be filled by the love you exude and the sound of your unmistakable laughter.
Betty Bombard
Dec 03, 2019
Barb you were so good to me when George and I got together,where other people didn’t like it you accepted me and I shall never forget the love we had,just like sisters! Rest In Peace my beautiful friend until we meet again!
Donna Ottavinia
Dec 03, 2019
There are so many memories I have of Barbara. As her babysitter for years to her children, to going Christmas shopping in Albany and having fun after in the hotel room. She loved to have fun and she had a Infectious laugh
Kevin Donna Gilbert
Dec 03, 2019
I miss you every day! Until we meet again, P.S. save me a spot! Love K.K
Tina Petrie
Dec 03, 2019
RIP Barb. May the Angels carry you safely home. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Cheri LaDuke
Dec 03, 2019
Barbara made me laugh and smile. I will miss that infectious laugh.
Tammy (Bowen) Cole
Dec 03, 2019
So Sorry to hear of Barbs passing . She was a wonderful lady and so full of life and laughter. I worked with her many years ago at the Lake Placid Hilton where she was a hostess .. she was so much fun to work with . She will be missed by so many .. RIP Barb prayers for all who loved her //
Delia Brown
Dec 03, 2019
My heart goes out to all the family in this time of greif. Barb will be greatly missed.