Flossie Mae Gilbert was born on May 3, 1948. She was the sixth of ten children blessed to the union of the late Clyde and Isabella Lotharp. With limited education and at the young age of sixteen Flossie migrated to Washington, DC with her uncles, Bozzie and Jake Lotharp. Life started to blossom for her in this new city, that she loved. A fighter and never one to let her lack of education deter, she would embrace the myriad of opportunities to make something special of her life.
As time passed, she would meet and become Mrs. Robert Dockery Jr. They later had three unique children, Elizabeth, Robin, and Robert. Sadly, their union would end in divorce.
After a bit, Henry Washington Gilbert entered her life and heart. She married the love of her life and they went on to have two spunky children, Kimberly and Henry.
A dedicated wife and mom first and foremost, she treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. Flossie especially loved and cherished the Grandma role. Always making people around her feel welcomed and loved no matter the environment, she possessed an incredible vibrant personality.
For twenty-six years, Flossie worked as a devoted employee at Howard University, where she would finally retire from in 2005. Her other endeavor was working as a Mary Kay representative from 1990. She loved Mary Kay and all the wonderful friendships she gained. In 1991, she became awarded the title of Queen, due to her becoming the highest sales representative.
On Friday, October 23, 2020 after a long battle with lung cancer, she peacefully departed this life.
Flossie leaves her beloved memories to her beautiful daughters, Elizabeth A. Dockery of Washington, DC, Robin R. Wright (Michael) of Germantown, MD, and Kimberly M. Foster (David) of Lakeland, FL; adored son, Robert Dockery III (Tonya) of Temple Hills, MD; cherished, seventeen grandchildren; energetic, twelve great grandchildren; charismatic, step daughters, Mary Ann Brown of Elizabeth City, NC, Doris L. Gilbert of Stockbridge, GA; Intelligent god daughter, Torri Walters of Laurel, MD; loving sisters, Lottie M. Parker of Wingate, NC, and Phillis Marsh of Monroe, NC; special friend, Ms. Juanita Mckenzie of Washington, DC; host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Flossie is preceded in death by her mother, Isabella Broadway Lotharp; father, Clyde Columbus Lotharp; her husband, Henry W. Gilbert; son, Henry L. Gilbert; step daughter, Gloria R. Holmes; sisters, Shirley M. Huntley(Roger) and Lonie M. Lotharp, brothers; Clyde Lotharp Jr., Haywood E. Lotharp, Charles H. Lotharp, Cecil Lotharp and James C. Lotharp (Carol).
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