|Birth: ||Feb. 8, 1896|
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1990|
E. Paulene Harris Gillespie was the wife of A. Roy Gillespie and Mother of seven(7) children (Theda, Leonard, Dale, Delmer, Charlotte, Floretta and Bennie). She was a strong woman with a steal trap mind and memory for anything she ever said or promised. She was a virtual address book for everyone in the family no matter how long since she had last seen them. When I was about 10 years old she showed me the ring on her finger and said when I die Sherri you will get this ring because we are both born in February. When last I saw her she brought to my attention her promise and told me she needed to leave her wedding ring to her daughter but gave me her birthstone ring made by my Uncle Delmer. I was very flattered that she remembered what she told be when I was little. Grandma knew I loved her chocolate pies and anytime I would visit she made me a chocolate pie. The last year I saw her September 1989 she was very frail but still insisted her son Delmer make me a chocolate pie which he did reluctantly. My cousin Linda and I would get into a scrabble when we were little (5-10 years old). Grandma would come outside with her marbles (which we loved to play with) and told us if we quit arguing we could each pick out our favorite to play with for the day. We were thrilled at getting our pick of her marbles and stopped arguing immediately.
Grandma was a devout Baptist who never preached or judged anyone. She went to church every Sunday and taught Sunday school but she never discussed her beliefs. Grandma had such a large family and loved each and everyone of us. A family of this size undoubtedly included the full range of beliefs. I am convinced she decided early on that keeping the family together was more important than whether we agreed with her beliefs. She was never prejudice causing me to ask her if my Dad was prejudice because of WWII. Her reply, "Honey your Dad was born that way". When I found out my Mother was ill with Emphysema within a year of my being diagnosed with Leukemia I called my Grandmother. I told her I have to get my Mother to stop smoking. She responded, "No Sherri you don't. You just have to get well and remember your Mother is always your Mother and it is not up to you to change her". Excellent advice for any daughter or son to consider when dealing with Mom.
Early history pending.
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A Roy Gillespie (1892 - 1959)*
Leonard Leroy Gillespie (1917 - 1985)*
Charlotte L. Gillespie Burk (1920 - 2013)*
Dale Clifton Gillespie (1922 - 1993)*
Delmer Kirvin Gillespie (1925 - 2008)*
Theda Mae Gillespie Rupe (1928 - 1977)*
New Mexico, USA
Maintained by: Sherri G.
Originally Created by: Joyce Gore Locke
Record added: Feb 17, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13377512
Dearest Grandma,I think of you often and smile. Your wisdom saw me through AML, Mom's illness, and now our the loss of precious Aunt Char. Charlotte passed to you on March 10, 2013 peacefully in her sleep. You now have with you once again Theda, Leonar...(Read more)|
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