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Wilhelmina REID
Père : Wilfred Reid
Mère : Mina Sutherland
Décès le : 2006-08-20
Parution : 2006-08-29
Conjoint(e) : J. Wesley Gillespie
Paru dans : Northern Life, Sudbury, ON

GILLESPIE, Willa (nee Reid) - 1916 - 2006 - Inspiring teacher, enthusiastic bridge player, devoted volunteer, understanding wife, mother and friend. It is with profound sadness the family of Mary Wilhelmina (Willa) Gillespie announces her death on Sunday, August 20th, 2006, in Ottawa. Born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred Reid and Mina Reid (Sutherland) and the wife of the late J. Wesley Gillespie. She is also predeceased by her grandson Christopher Chartrand, sister Jean Clark (late Jimmy), great nephew Chuck Alger and infant brother Charles. She is survived by her daughters Margaret Chartrand (John), Ottawa, and Janet Gillespie (Stan Dillabough), Welland and son David (Linda), Sudbury; granddaughters Dawn Chartrand (Dwayne Hall), Toronto, Kathryn Gillespie (Bill Richer), Sudbury, and Lara Gillespie, Ottawa; grandsons Paul Gillespie (Natalie Bouchard), Toronto, and Stephen Gillespie, Ottawa. She is also survived by her sister Edith Alger (late Charles), Perth; nephews Charles (Scotty) Alger (Joan), Kemptville, and Joe Alger (Nicole), Curran, and nieces Clara Clyne (Lloyd), Perth, Muriel Anderson (Lawrence), Saint John and June Eldridge (George), Half Way Point, NL; several great nieces and nephews and their children as well as several nieces and nephews in the Gillespie family. After losing her mother to illness at age 6, Willa and her sisters were raised by her Uncle Joe Sutherland (Iris) and considered their children as brothers and sisters. Surviving her are Davis (Grace), Elliot Lake and daugher Heather, Ottawa, Wilson (Mieke), St. Thomas, Robert (Marilyn), Whitneyville, NB and James (Rolla), Cassilis, NB. She will also be missed by her cousin Ruby Holmes (Buel), Toronto. A graduate of Dalhousie University, Arts 1938, Willa taught English and home economics for several years at Lively High School, Sudbury. She was an active volunteer with the Lioness Club, gardening at the Experimental Farm and teaching literacy to adult learners. The family would like to thank the staff at West Carleton Village, Carleton Lodge, Ottawa for their patient and loving care especially during her final illness. There are none better. At Willa's request, there was no funeral service. She will be interred in the family plot in Miramichi City (Newcastle). Expressions of sympathy may be sent through HULSE, PLAYFAIR & McGARRY FUNERAL HOMES, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P 1A2 or www.mcgarryfamily.ca

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