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4/8/2021 9:10:00 AM
Margaret Gilbert-Newberry-Durham
November 1, 1966 - April 2, 2021
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Margaret “Peggy” Gilbert-Newberry-Durham, 54 of Taylorville went to heaven on Good Friday, April 2, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. in Springfield, Ill.

She was born on November 1, 1966 in St. Louis, Mo. the daughter of Albert and Alecia “Jill” (Grimm) Gilbert. She married Kevin Durham on August 13, 2011 in Taylorville, Ill.

She spent most of her life in Taylorville, she graduated from Taylorville High School in the Class of 1985. Peggy worked at Family Services at the Springfield Youth Center. She loved life and she loved to paint and sing. She had a dog, Faith Ann, whom she loved and adored.

She was a member of the Taylorville Eagles Club where she served as Chaplin, Catholic Daughters of America and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville.

Peggy enjoyed time spent serving meals at the Eagles club and Bingo. Peggy was a Girl Scout from 1st grade through high school, she and her troop earned first class girl scouts. Peggy had her struggles as we all do; she was in recovery and she talked to her sponsor every night. She loved her family, her pride in life was her son Zachery R. Newberry and her grandchildren Carter, Abby and Sebastian. She was a daddy’s girl and she would tell you that mom was her best friend. She has joined her savior and her family in heaven. She was dearly loved and will be sadly missed in our hearts.

She leaves her earthly family behind to join her heavenly family. Surviving is her son: Zachery R. (Maggie) Newberry of Taylorville, mother Alicia “Jill” Gilbert of Taylorville, husband: Kevin Durham of Taylorville, grandchildren: Carter R. Newberry, Abby Newberry and Sebastian Newberry, all of Taylorville, Ill.; sister: Dawn (Greg) Armey of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brother: Tim Gilbert and Fiancé Donna Hausman of Benton, Ill.;  favorite sister-in-law: Lori Strecknor; several nieces and nephews, favorite cousin: Debbie Burger of Ballwin, Mo. and special friends: Shelly Orr and Julia England.  

Peggy joined her family in heaven: her dad: Al Gilbert, her twin sister: Cynthia Ann, grandparents, Aunt Mary and Uncle Ted Burger    

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 10:00-12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, Ill.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign their online guest book at

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