Muriel Ann Vilbert of West Chester

Muriel Ann Vilbert

Muriel Ann Vilbert

Muriel Ann (nee Robinson) Vilbert, 90, longtime resident of West Chester, died Dec. 25, of natural causes.

She was the loving wife for 68 years of Benjamin Franklin Vilbert; loving mother of Michael Jonathan and wife Kellie, Benjamin Franklin III and wife Olivia, James Robinson and wife Linda, Ann Elizabeth, and Thomas Patrick and wife Marie; loving grandmother to twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren (so far).

Born in 1925 in Plymouth, Ind., Muriel was the daughter of the late Dr. Jesse R. and Ethel Robinson.

She was a classically trained pianist who played in the St. Louis Concert Circuit. She loved swimming, horseback riding, and all things outdoors. Muriel was also an avid reader and bridge player.

Upon graduation from high school in 1942, shortly after the start of WWII, she began working in the typing pool of the Missouri Pacific Railroad in St. Louis. There, she met her husband to be, and they married in July of 1947. During her nine years working at the railroad, Muriel became the first-ever female secretary to the Vice President of the Missouri Pacific Railroad – an accomplishment of which she was very proud. She chose to stop working when the first of her children was born.

Ben and Muriel moved to West Chester in 1968. In the early 1970s, she worked as a legal secretary for the West Chester law firm, Butler and Butler. She worked there on a full time and part time basis for about 20 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial gathering 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Willistown United Methodist Church, 6051 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073, followed by services at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Birmingham Lafayette Cemetery, West Chester, PA.

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