Alabama woman's estate donates $5,600 to K-9s for Crestview

Diane Gilbert K-9 donation
Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 07:43 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The K-9s for Crestview campaign fund is $5,678.55 closer to its $30,000 goal, and it's thanks to an unexpected source.

Dr. Greg and Jan Lillie, representing the estate of Diane K. Gilbert, who died of cancer Dec. 30, 2013, said their Alabama friend was fond of German shepherds, the breed chosen for Crestview's K-9 unit.

“She was a true dog lover,” Dr. Lillie wrote, requesting the donation be listed in Gilbert’s honor. “I knew this is a cause Diane would support.”

“It was out of the blue,” Police Chief Tony Taylor said of the donation. “I had tears in my eyes when I read their letter.”

“When we heard about Crestview’s need, we knew that was where the big chunk of (the money) should go,” Jan Lillie said. “Diane was a wonderful lady. She had no children so the dogs were her children.”

Jan said some money from the estate also went to buy puppies to be raised as guide dogs for the blind, to wildlife sanctuaries, and to humane societies in Florida and Alabama.

DIANE AND KODY



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