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Chelsea Gillispie Dearing
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Birth: Apr. 12, 1937
Roanoke County
Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 10, 2003
Salem City
Virginia, USA

DEARING, Chelsea Gillispie, 66, of Salem, is with the Lord after her courageous battle with cancer. Chelsea and her husband, Walter, have shared a wonderful life and have been blessed with a loving family and many friends. Upon graduation from Andrew Lewis High School, she was employed by General Electric. After raising their two girls, she worked at Lewis Gale Hospital, volunteered for the City of Salem in the voting precinct and was a long time member of Salem Baptist Church. Chelsea gave of herself to all that knew her and thoroughly enjoyed conversations with friends and neighbors, long walks with her husband, time with her grandchildren and traveling extensively in 49 states. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 48 years, Walter Junior Dearing; daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren, Dr. David and Olivia Cummings, Shannon and Jonathan Cummings, and daughter and fiancee, Michele Dearing and Jason Hale. Chelsea also had many special nieces and nephews, including Betty and William Hicks, Carolyn and David Kazner, Woody Scott; and sisters, Margaret Scott and Millie Swain. Preceded in death are her parents, Charles and Julie Gillispie; brothers, Oval and Charlie Gillispie; and sister, Clelia Howell. Chelsea held a very special place in her heart for her "second mother", Ginny Garver and a very dear friend, Pearl Richie. Chelsea also leaves behind much love for the children in the neighborhood who knew her as, Mrs. Chelsea. A heartfelt thank you is extended to Dr. David Cummings and the staff of Hospice for their loving care during her illness and the many friends and relatives for their support and love. In honor of Chelsea's life, donations can be made to Carilion Hospice Service, 1917 Franklin Rd. SW, Suite B, Roanoke, Va. 24014-1103 or the City of Salem Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 291, Salem, Va. 24153. A private memorial service was conducted by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem at Sherwood Memorial Park. 
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  Charles William Gillispie (1893 - 1969)
  Julia Brogan Gillispie (1894 - 1966)
  Walter Junior Dearing (1932 - 2008)
  Oval Burl Gillispie (1915 - 1991)*
  Chelsea Gillispie Dearing (1937 - 2003)
*Calculated relationship
Sherwood Burial Park
Salem City
Virginia, USA
Created by: Bridget Kelley-Dearing
Record added: Jul 15, 2013
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Chelsea <i>Gillispie</i> Dearing
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Chelsea <i>Gillispie</i> Dearing
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Wife of 1st Cousin 1x Removed of my husband, Brian William Dearing, but more importantly, Chelsea was a very good friend.
- Bridget Kelley-Dearing
 Added: Jul. 15, 2013

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