Quincy Taylor Gilbert passed away at Community Medical Hospital in Missoula, Missoula County, Montana on September 9th, 2023.
She was born on February 16th, 2021 to Ashlie Brooke Baker Gilbert and G. William Boyd Kurtz Gilbert. She has two surviving brothers Elias William Gilbert and Bowdrey Nathaniel Gilbert.
Quincy had a personality as big as the state of Montana. With this giant spirit in a beautiful little body, her eyes radiated light and a deep energy that was felt by all who knew her.
Ashlie and Will have been amazing parents who always have gone out of their way to create memories with their children. Because of their unique childhood, Quincy’s short life was lived to the fullest.
Within her two years on earth, she experienced gardening, dirt biking, four wheeling, fishing, floating and swimming in beautiful lakes and rivers. She caught frogs from their pond, played in dirt piles, rode bikes, dressed up, put on makeup and Mom’s jewelry, cooked eggs and cookies, visited amusement parks, museums, fairs, and rodeos. She painted, went sledding, built snowmen, birdhouses, splashed in water parks, discovered Arches National Park and Glacier National Park, enjoyed the zoo, the theater, raised chickens, goats, and kittens, played the piano, performed science experiments, hiked through Montana mountains, went ice fishing, picked wild huckleberries, and so much more.
Quincy had the most adventurous spirit. She loved exploring with her dad, whether on his dirt bike, the four wheeler, tromping through the woods or simply climbing all over him. She had a soft spot for him and her mom.
A super motivated little gal, she practically potty trained herself! As moms big helper, the family witnessed this two-year-old always putting dishes in the sink, sweeping up messes, or wiping up her own spills.
She loved wild huckleberries and blueberries and would have the cutest little stained face after shoving her mouth full. She loved to display her marker art all over the floor, our furniture, and her body. Her hugs and cuddles were beyond compare, and her trademark curly pigtails, (known as her 'bounce bounce hair'), suited her perfectly.
Quincy has countless videos of her twirling around, dancing on the couch, or singing her favorite songs. Her older brothers would often encourage her by saying, “Quincy, dance!” She always complied. After twirling, dancing, or belting out her lovely ballads, she would put one hand to her waist and the other in the air to her side and dramatically bow.
It is so easy to brag about Quincy and all of the funny things she did. She was always excited to participate in family shenanigans. She would jump into pictures whenever she could and would sneak hugs and kisses.
Her hugs were warm and seeped through your soul like hot molasses. Her family always ate up "Quincy kisses", whether they landed on the shoulder, cheek, forehead, or wherever she could reach.
Silly as could be, Quincy would dress herself in layers and layers of her favorite clothes. At one time, she had seven shirts, one skirt, four pairs of pants, and five underwear over her diaper!
When the princess nightgowns were introduced, no matter what her mother chose to dress her in or how she did her hair, Quincy would loosen her beautiful locks and replace her outfit with her beloved princess nightgowns, no matter how dirty. Her signature flair was to wear them inside out and backwards.
Quincy spent her days as Mom’s sidekick. She climbed on the counters only to give her Mom a sly giggle when told to get down. Quincy loved to sprint barefoot out of the house when Mom snuck out to feed the animals without her.
She had a patience beyond her years. Even as a baby, when Quincy would whine, Mom would say, “Let me finish what I’m doing and then I’ll help you.” Quincy would hold on, and she always said her mother’s favorite words of all time.
Quincy had so many people wrapped around her finger. Her ward family, neighbors, extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts, and great uncles--and, most importantly, her lovely mother Ashlie, her loving father Will, and her doting brothers Elias and Bowdrey.
Quincy knew she was loved beyond compare and she loved with her whole heart and soul. She was wise and thoughtful beyond her two and a half years. No words can fully encapsulate the beauty of her life or the sorrow in our loss. We find comfort knowing that she is perfected in Christ.
We have such gratitude for a life that in so little time on earth had the power to light up the lives of others for the rest of their days. That alone speaks to the spiritual depth contained in one little body.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather Jerry Gilbert and is survived by her parents, Ashlie and William Gilbert, brothers Bowdrey Nathaniel and Elias William, grandmother Bonnie Gilbert, and grandparents Tamra and Rex Baker.
Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th at 11:00 at the LDS church on the Frenchtown Frontage Road in Frenchtown, Montana. There is a viewing open to the community at 10:00.