Mary Dorothy Gilbertson Memphis, TN Mary Dorothy "Dot" Gilbertson died on October 12, 2016 from complications following heart surgery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Dorothy Gilbertson, and her brother, Jay Gilbertson. She is survived by her wife and partner of over 34 years, Ann Bourkard, her sisters Jessie Gilbertson, Jocelyn Harvey, Winnie Levine, three nephews and one niece. Dot came to Memphis in 1970 to be an English instructor at the University of Memphis, then known as Memphis State. She was a successful business owner for many years, but found her true passion in her work with MIFA, where she began working in 2002. She worked as a grant writer, Vice President of Development, and ultimately as Chief Operating Officer, a position she held until her retirement in June of this year. Dot was a kind and generous person and was loved and respected by friends and colleagues. She was especially loved by the many animals who shared her life: Gerdy, Katie, Jackson, Rose, Emmie, Ivy and Iris. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, October 15, at Canale Funeral Directors, 2700 Union Avenue Extended. The family requests in lieu of flowers and in honor of her memory, that donations be sent to MIFA.
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