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Barbara  Jean (Knoblock)  Gilmore

Barbara Jean (Knoblock) Gilmore
  • August 24, 1930 - November 8, 2017
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
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“My sincerest condolences to the greater Gilmore family. Grandma Gilmore was a special lady. She was truly kind and loving. She had a wonderful...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Lynnel Kiely - Sister Lakes, MI

“My sympathy to all the Gilmore family on Barb's passing. I have many happy memories of working with Barb at Beadle Lake. She was dedicated to helping...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Jane Wheat - Marshall, MI

“We are so saddened to hear of your mom's passing! She was a very special lady and we will truly miss her wonderful smile and that special sparkle. ...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Al Watson - Battle Creek, MI

“Cindy, We are so very sorry for you loss. Mom is unable to attend her dear friend's funeral but you are all in our Prayers. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Ruth& family Barnhill - Dowling, MI

“We're sorry for your loss, Cindy, Dave and Mike. You and your families are in our prayers. Barb was such a sweet person, I have only pleasant...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: jeff gray - Everett, WA - Family

“Jim and I were sad to hear of Barbs passing.She was such a sweetheart, always had a smile.Our love to her family, who she loved so very much. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Jim and Joan Hoffman - MI

“So sorry for your loss. I remember her and your dad at the shrine parades. She was always so nice to me, just a very wonderful lady. My prayers...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Charles Jenkins - Battle Creek, MI

“My sincere sympathies on the death of your mom. I worked with Barb for many years at Harper Creek Schools and took her place as secretary of Beadle...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Marcia Wells - Mishawaka, IN

“My condolances to the Gilmore family. Mothers always leave fond memories with their love for their children. Sorry for your loss. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Waterman (Warren) - MI

“We will miss Barb very much at the family events. We all have such fond memories of great times at the beach with Barb sitting in her lawn chair...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Denise Evans - Manhattan Beach, CA

“I regret that I am out of state and unable to personally deliver my regrets for missing Barb's service and seeing her children. Barb was such an...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: David Buresh - Battle Creek, MI

“Cindy my heart felt Condolences to you and your family. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Ted Nichols - Battle Creek, MI

“Cindy, I am so very sorry to learn that your Mother has passed away! She was such a kind, compassionate, and fabulous role model Wonderful...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Lois Fields - Battle Creek, MI

“Sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" strengthen your family during this difficult time ...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: T W

“So sorry to hear this - my thoughts go out to you all. Many hugs during this difficult time. May she rest, peacefully. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Bonnie Lewis - Washington, DC

“Some of my happiest memories are being at Beadle Lake with Barbara and her beautiful family. I dearly love them all. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Call - Defiance, OH

“Cindy, Dave & Mike,I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have wonderful childhood memories spent with you guys at the lakes- Beadle &...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Rebecca Brasseur - Bluffton, SC

“Aunt Barb was such a loving person and always had a big smile on her face. She loved talking about her kids and grandkids, and was so genuinely...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Cornell - Grand Rapids, MI

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Barbara Jean (Knoblock) Gilmore, 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Barb was born August 24, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to Caryl and Reda (Simon) Knoblock. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1948 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Barb retired in 1992 after 28 years as a secretary at Beadle Lake Elementary for Harper Creek Schools.

Barbara Jean Knoblock was united in marriage to Bernard Paul "Bernie" Gilmore on February 4, 1950 at First Congregational Church in Battle Creek. Sadly Barb was preceded in death by Bernie, her husband of 53 years on December 27, 2003. Surviving are a daughter, Cynthia Hanger of Battle Creek; two sons, David (Michelle) Gilmore of San Marcos, CA, Michael Gilmore of Battle Creek; eight grandchildren, Nicole Gilmore, Sean Gilmore, Michaela Gilmore, Craig (Rebecca Bates) Hanger, Chad Hanger, Bryan Gilmore, Kellen (Brianna) Gilmore, Eric (Christine) Gilmore; six great-grandchildren, DeLoss Hanger, Broderick Hanger, Grady Gilmore, Keaton Gilmore, Maggie Gilmore, Averie Gilmore; three sisters, Kay (Jake) Seitler, Linda (Paul) Garrett and Carol Ann Wilcox all of Battle Creek; and nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. In addition to her husband, Barbara was also preceded in death by her parents and a son-in-law, Gary Hanger on May 5, 2010;

Barb was a member of Birchwood United Methodist Church and several area businesswoman organizations. She enjoyed volunteering at the hospital. She was a 37 year member and Past Worthy Matron of Battle Creek Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Bedford OES. Barb enjoyed vacationing and traveling with Bernie, including trips to Texas, Hawaii, and California to visit their family. She also enjoyed baking with her grandchildren. Barb and Bernie moved to their beloved home on Beadle Lake in 1963, where they spent many happy years together. Barb enjoyed swimming, water aerobics, and animals, (especially cats). More than anything she loved spending time with her family who affectionately called her "GG" and "Gram Cracker".
Friends will be received 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where a service to celebrate Barb's life will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017. Committal and interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions in memory of Barb may be made to Birchwood United Methodist Church, Glen Arbor Hospice or a charity of one's choice. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at