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Barbara Ann Gillespie

October 22, 1924 ~ April 27, 2014 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Message from Eric Feller
May 18, 2015 9:06 AM

I was grateful to have served in the NCRM during Pres. and Sis. Gillespie's tenure and to have become acquainted with Sis. Gillespie. She was a very kind, loving mission "mother" and I appreciate her service.

Eric Feller
Message from Vernon O. Cook
May 13, 2014 2:31 PM

I would like to express my condolences to Joel.  I have not heard from him since our mission association 72 years ago.  He had a beautiful and lovely wife, and 65 years together was fortunate.  Kind wishes to Joel Gillespie from Vernon O. Cook
Message from David (and Marva) Rupp
May 11, 2014 2:39 PM

Craig, Herb, Kurt, and Dr. Joel,
It has been too long since we have spoken.  I do still think of you.  I saw Sis. Gillespie's obit. photo in the Tooele Transcript, and thought what a "sweet looking  lady." Then I realized who it was...
I have nothing but pleasant memories of her and everyone in your family.  You are the greatest.  "Uncle Bill, Aunt Pearl," Tony, and now your Mom, would be a fantastic group to be with.  
Message from James Brock
May 4, 2014 7:55 PM

Barbara Gillespie will always be know for her nobility, class, and unwavering faith.
She is an icon of strength and support to the community of Cordelia - Fairfield - Suisun.  Thankfully, how great is the joy of her living family to know that she has been reunited with her beloved daughter and parents.  I feel privileged to have made her acquaintance and to have served with her superb son, Craig.
Sincerely, James Brock
Message from Caroline Whitesides Ludlow
May 4, 2014 1:42 PM

I want Barbara's family to know how much she meant to me in my life. She is one year older than I am but I played with her when we were little. I always admired her and she influenced me to be sure to go to college and try my best in all that I did.
Message from Felix Ramirez
May 3, 2014 10:27 AM

Dr. Gillespie and family,
Sorry to read about the passing of your loved one. I hope you are comforted by knowing she is at peace in the great kingdom of God. May she rest in peace.
Felix Ramirez
From Dr. Mitchell's office
Message from Bob Backman
May 2, 2014 4:42 PM

To my beloved brother, Joel:

I was so sorry to read of Barbara's death in the local newspaper.  It should not have been a surprise, given how old we are, yet it was totally unexpected.
Having been there and done that, I have some idea of your feelings at the loss of your "better half."  I send you my love and heartfelt condolences.  I wish I were there
so I could give you a big hug and my personal sorrow for your separation from someone so vitally important to your personal happiness.  If you are like I am, you are now feeling very incomplete and empty, yet can rejoice in the knowledge that death is not the end of such a precious relationship,but the beginning of your eternal family.  Since reading of her demise I have had so many memories of our relationship, going back to those choice days we shared in the mission field.  I lost a lot of sleep last night thinking of the joys we shared in the quartet, and the "too few" visits we have enjoyed with you, Barbara, and your family.  I wish they could have been more frequent over the years for it was easy to love that cute girl you married.  The trouble was that you chose to live so far away.   Not that I haven't thought of you and your easy lives spent in that Paradise you have lived in for so long.

I pray that God will bless you and yours with peace and understanding during this period of deep mourning, and that your knowledge of God's beautiful plan of happiness will sustain you until your turn on earth is ended and you will enjoy that grand reunion with Barbara that the Lord has promised the faithful and true.  Won't that be a great day?

When this tough period is past I would love to visit with you, catching up on your family's doings, and bringing to date our memories of days of yore.

Faithfully yours, in the bonds of our brotherhood,

Message from Richard N. Stromness
May 2, 2014 9:17 AM

Dear Gillespie Family,
As one of the Elders that are at your home while serving a mission in 1972, I always appreciated the good meals that your mother served.  She enjoyed cooking for us and we enjoyed eating her cooking.  I even ate Chicken Divan for the first time at her table.  She greeted us so warmly and made us feel so welcome.

I was pleasantly surprised when I married the daughter of Joel's cousin, George Tripp, and realized I had a bit of a family connection.  Your mother sent a yellow enamelized Dutch oven to us for our wedding.  It has been used continually since 1974.  We think of her often when we use it.

What a wonderful woman to have blessed so many lives!

Richard and Malayna Tripp Stromness - Woods Cross, UT
Message from Karen and Walter Coulam
May 2, 2014 7:18 AM

Joel and Family,  We express our love to you all at the passing of dear Barbara.  She was such a gracious and loving lady.  We have enjoyed our visits and time with her over the years at the Lund Family Reunions, and have always felt of her strong spirit and goodness.

Karen and Walter Coulam
Message from Lindsey Dale and boys
May 1, 2014 10:26 PM

Dear Joel,
It's been much too long since I've talked to you and sweet Barbara. Although I am thrilled to be reconnected with you, the circumstances sadden me. My prayers of comfort and peace go out to you at this time. I remember reading letters from you and Barbara inviting me to California to see the roaming peacocks on your land. I wish I could turn the clock back and would've taken that great offer to visit you both. I love you both and now look forward to meeting Barbara in heaven. From what I've heard, Barbara lived her life enjoying every moment. What a great example she is to me. I hope you will find these words of condolences with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. Please know I think fondly of you and am thankful for your everlasting friendship you both showed me.
I would love to send you a card (filled with recent pictures) and update you on my fast moving life.
Love always,
(grandpa Johnny's granddaughter)
(Go Jazz go!)
Message from Sherman B. Sheffield
May 1, 2014 5:34 PM

Condolences to the Barbara Ann Barnes Gillespie Family from the Sheffield Family.
As Kaysville neighbors and grateful friends of Barbara, we Sheffields send our love and prayers.  We have sweet memories of yester year with Barbara, Tony, Jim, Canute and family growing up together.  Barbara was special!
May the Lord bless you all.
Love and sweet memories,
Sherman B. Sheffield Family
Message from Ruth Page Harrop
May 1, 2014 11:46 AM

Herb and Family,
Just read the Fairfield news and saw that your beautiful Mother had passed. I want to send my sympathy to your family. Herb, your were there for my Dad's (Morris) and Leeann's funerals in Roosevelt and I will always appreciate that. Many thoughts about your family from my Fairfield days, church, seminary and your Dad working on my teeth (even at my age that work is still not done -- always something)
Best of wishes to your brothers and your Dad. Sorry to hear that you had lost your sister.
Message from Jim and Lori Davis
April 30, 2014 4:02 PM

Dear Joel and Family,
   We have a great love for Barbara and remember with fondness the many times she made our family feel loved and welcomed in her home. Her gentle words and wonderful cooking and the driving of the golf cart will be treasured memories for us. We pray you will feel comfort and love to help you through this transition. What a comfort it is to know that Heavenly Father's plan will let us be reunited with our loved ones again! Our thoughts continue to be with you!
With Love,
Jim and Lori Davis, Lashele, JT, Sabrina, Hunter and Tanner
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