Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture: Suzanne Gilbert of Tecumseh – News – The Shawnee News-Star

Pull up your bootstraps and get back to work.

It’s this never-give-up, can-do attitude that drives Suzanne Gilbert of Tecumseh.

Pull up your bootstraps and get back to work.

It’s this never-give-up, can-do attitude that drives Suzanne Gilbert of Tecumseh.

From sponsoring numerous youth events through her three businesses to volunteering hundreds of hours each year, she’s a giver, not a taker.

Growing up in the small town of Indianola – which consisted of a school and post office – Suzanne was surrounded by a close-knit community. Her dad died in a trucking accident when she was only 10 years old. Her mom raised her and her two brothers as a single mother with the help of the Indianola community.

“If we struggled having tennis shoes to play basketball, somehow somebody always made sure it happened for us,” Suzanne said. “If we were poor, we didn’t know it. We didn’t live that way. People were just truly, truly good to us. I just try to always pay that forward.”

While she doesn’t consider herself a traditional agriculturalist, Suzanne grew up surrounded by the industry. Before girls were allowed to join the local FFA chapter, known as the Future Farmers of America at the time, she was a 4-H member. Her two brothers were in FFA, and she took full advantage of learning from their livestock projects, consisting mostly of cattle.

“I made every trip they made,” she said. “I did everything they did.”

Her mother grew up in 4-H raising chickens and tending to the garden, so she instilled a love for agriculture in Suzanne. Her dad’s family raised cattle and horses, which is where she learned to ride. It’s this passion that led Suzanne to a life fully devoted to agriculture.

Known by many as the “chronic volunteer,” Suzanne just can’t say no to helping others. And the kicker – her focus is on agricultural youth events.

“My investment in agriculture is the next generation because I know if we don’t invest in the…

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