MOUNT CARROLL—Vickie Trybus, 66, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, surrounded by her loving son and daughter in Mount Carroll.
A memorial visitation was held Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, in Savanna.
Vickie was born May 31, 1954, in Morrison to Junior (Pat) Thomas Gilbert and Cecelia (Poppy) Mae (Parker). She graduated Savanna High School in 1974. Vickie moved into Chicago for a few years and returned to Savanna in 1985.
Vickie was a devoted, loving mother to Vincent and Samantha. She loved going for rides with her mom, especially when they were going to Shivers or Dairy Queen for ice cream. She adored her three grandchildren, Colin, Rylie and Parker, and enjoyed doing puzzles and playing games with them.
Vickie truly enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She always loved getting together with everyone, especially at Halloween; it was her favorite holiday. Her goal in life was to spend as much time with her grandchildren when she retired.
Vickie was employed at Swiss Colony from 1985-90 after she moved back to Savanna. In 1990 she was employed by Elkay Manufacturing and had worked there for 29 years when she retired in 2019. While she was employed at Elkay she worked in various departments such as Sheet Metal, Mounting Boxes, and Valves.
She was very well-known around the factory by all. She enjoyed talking to everyone and made friends very easily. She retired from Elkay on her birthday and had an amazing celebration with family and friends.
Vickie was a very giving person. She was always donating to support a cause or always trying to help someone out. She will be remembered for having a heart of gold!
In her free time when she was not riding around with her mom or spending time with her grandchildren, she enjoyed doing puzzles, reading books, sewing and crocheting. She also enjoyed spending time outside gardening, creating her fairy garden, or swinging on her swing.
Vickie will be dearly missed by her son, Vincent (Jessica) Trybus of Savanna; daughter, Samantha (Steven) Whiting of Thomson; three grandchildren, Colin and Rylie Trybus and Parker Whiting; her mother, Cecelia Gilbert of Savanna; six sisters, Karen Molinari of Rockford, Pamela (Sal) Mendez of Savanna, Doreen (Butch) Miller of Savanna, Gail Ann Themas of Savanna, Kim (Jeff) Knouse of Savanna, and Cecelia Gilbert of Savanna; one brother, Thomas (Barb) Gilbert of Mount Carroll; and one brother-in-law, Matthew Altensey of Savanna.
Vickie was preceded in death by her father, Junior Gilbert; four sisters, Marilyn Altensey, Marie Sue Gilbert, Claudia Ann Gilbert, and Cathy Koeller; two nephews, Michael Paul Altensey and Austin Eagle; one cousin; Sheryl Hamm; both sides of grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.