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Patricia Donovan Gilbert

May 13, 1941 — May 16, 2024

Patricia "Trish" D. Gilbert, age 83, of Churchville, Maryland, passed away on May 16, 2024. Born in Winchester, Virginia, Trish was the cherished daughter of the late David and Mary (Grandin) Donovan and the beloved wife of the late William Gilbert.

Trish's life was marked by her profound passion for the equine world. Licensed by both the USEA and the USEF, she was a distinguished course designer official and organizer. Trish was a fervent supporter of three-day eventing and began her journey with horses as part of the USPC. Her dedication and contributions to the equestrian community have left an indelible mark on many, most recently as the founding member of Fair Hill International, which has evolved into the Maryland 5 Star. 

Trish is survived by her loving family: daughters Mary Elizabeth (Gregg) Looney, Rumsey Gilbert (Tim) Keefe, and Samantha Gilbert (Pete) Brennan; son Raymond Richard (Mary Pat) Guest; and stepson William Pepper (Alice) Gilbert. She is also survived by her brother David (Teresa) Donovan and sister Deirdre Donovan. Trish was a proud grandmother to Kelsea, Andrew, Ryan, Will, Colby, Henry, Connor, Peter, Liam, Sam, Carlin, and Peter; and step-grandmother to Chloe, Owen, and Amanda. Her legacy continues through her step-great-grandchildren Hunter, Tucker, Finnley, Sariah, John, Luke, and Annalise.

In addition to her husband and parents, Trish was preceded in death by her brother William Donovan, sisters Sheila Donovan and Mimi Donovan, and one grandchild. 
Contributions may be made by check to Fair Hill International. 378 Fair Hill Drive, Elkton, Maryland 21921or online at .


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