Marilyn Gilbert's Body for Science & Cremation

Please imagine this is Your family.  Three generations of Your family living together in a loving environment, in a small Wisconsin community, population 1,500.  After years, faces and life stories are familiar to many. 

Now imagine the matriarch of Your family, a 66-year-old grandmother, mother, and wife enjoying the December holidays. It was a wonderful family day until... Marilyn had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. Within days of returning home, Marilyn had a second heart attack. And on Saturday, January 9th Marilyn had her third heart attack. Three heart attacks in less than three weeks. 

Monday morning Marilyn's son and daughter-in-law (powers of attorney) received a very personal call from Marilyn's doctor. They were asked to bear witness to what the medical team felt was best for Marilyn based on her extensive traumas, the inability of her body to heal, and brain damage as a result of an unsustainable pulse and oxygen as medical professionals feverishly attempted to revive her for more than a half-hour.

With caring doctors, nurses, sons, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter at her bedside, Marilyn's life support was gently removed.  Marilyn took her last breath on January 11, 2021, at 4:39 p.m. Her 67th birthday would have been next month.

I am initiating this immediate fund request to help ease the family's financial burden. Your generosity, a gift in any amount, will help her family cover expenses leading up to her death plus potential cremation costs if we are unable to find an organization that will accept her body as a gift to science. A gift that provides medical professionals to have one more resource to learn from that will potentially benefit others. This would be the most personal gift from Marilyn. Herself. 

The family will donate all remaining funds (including any overage) to the outstanding, responsive organizations where so many incredible, supportive individuals attempted to save Marilyn's life including the Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Area EMS, Cambridge Police Department, Dane County Sherriff’s Office, and St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

Thank YOU for allowing me to share this intimate situation with You. I've never done this before. Please Follow Your Heart. 


p.s. Marilyn was my friend, too. We treated each other like family (once she corrected me by saying, "We're not LIKE family. We ARE family.") She was loving, unselfish, supportive, and giving. Qualities she clearly taught her children and grandchildren.


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