Betty Jean Parrish Gilbert, age 87, passed peacefully at her home in Trussville, Alabama on April 18, 2023 into eternal life with Jesus. Born in Geraldine, Alabama on November 18, 1935, Betty grew up on Sand Mountain and was salutatorian at Geraldine High School. After graduation, she went to work at the state employment office in Ft Payne and married the love of her life, James Gilbert. She was an active member of Eastside Baptist Church for 60+ years, working there as a secretary and serving as Chairman of the Remodeling Committee and Sunday school teacher. Betty worked as a homemaker for most of her life, and was known to all as an avid reader, phenomenal cook, and expert seamstress. Betty and James visited almost every state in the U.S. in their RV over the course of 20 years, and were faithful members of the Dixie Hi-Lo Club. She enjoyed daily walks, never met a stranger, and had a deeply personal relationship with Jesus. We love you, Gran. You will be missed and we can’t wait to see you again! Betty was proceeded in death by her father and mother, Enoch and Althea Parrish, her siblings Irene Davis (Lucius), Douglas Parrish (Sibyl), Nettie Freeman (Buford), and Dayton Parrish, and her beloved granddaughter, Hope Elise Johnson. Betty is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, James L. Gilbert, her two daughters, Sandra Roberts (Mike) and Susan Johnson (Cortney), three grandchildren, Lacey deShazo (Daniel), Kyle Roberts (Mary), and Logan Johnson (Natalie) as well as her six great-grandchildren, Leighton Johnson, Nate Johnson, Oliver deShazo, Charlie Johnson, Melrose Roberts, and Jonah deShazo, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 11:00 am with the service to follow at noon, at Jefferson Memorial in Trussville.