Former Currituck commissioner dead after being found unresponsive in her car

Marion Gilbert

A former Currituck County commissioner has died after being found unresponsive at work Thursday in Chesapeake.

Marion Gilbert, of Moyock, North Carolina, was found slumped over in her car by a coworker at Cottrell Contracting in Chesapeake. She was taken to the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and later pronounced dead, said Benjamin Cottrell, president of the company.

There were no signs of trauma, he said.

“It is such a shock,” Cottrell said. “She was quite a valued employee.”

His prayers are with her family, he said.

Gilbert, 55, served on the Currituck County Board of Commissioners from 2010 to 2018.

Bob White, chairman of the board, said she helped him make the transition into public service when he was first elected.

“She will be missed,” he said.

“Marion was very community-oriented and giving of her time,” said Ben Stikeleather, Currituck County manager. “She was dedicated to volunteering at public events and was active in many local organizations. Marion will be greatly missed by many people in Currituck County.”

She worked with Currituck Kids, a non-profit organization that strives to enhance educational opportunities and provide support for children, he said.

Chesapeake police confirmed they responded to the area of Cottrell Contracting for an “assist medic” call shortly before 11:45 a.m. Thursday, and a woman was taken to a hospital for treatment. Citing federal medical privacy law, police would not confirm the woman’s identity or condition.

The medical examiner did not immediately respond to an email seeking a cause of death.

Staff writer Margaret Matray contributed to this report.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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