Betty Jean Gillespie, age 85, of Harrisburg, passed away at 9:35 AM, Friday, October 18, 2019 at Harrisburg Medical Center.
Betty was born on June 4, 1934 in Harrisburg, Illinois to the late, Chester and Genevieve (Whitehead) Winston. On November 3, 1956 she married Arthur Gillespie, Jr and he preceded her in death on March 15, 2018. Betty was a member of Harvest Deliverance Center. She loved to play tennis and she was an avid reader, especially her Bible. She was a God-fearing wife, mother and grandmother.
Betty is survived by two sons; Andrew Gillespie and his wife Jessica of Temecula, California; Arthur Winston Gillespie III of Elgin, Illinois; four grandchildren; Savannah Gillespie and Jacen Gillespie of Temecula, California; Christian Gillespie and Amber Gillespie of Elgin, Illinois; 13 great-granchildren, Alanna, Ayanna, Xavier, Autumn, Aubrie, Angelica, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jaden, Elijah, Amaria, Saniya and Cherish; two sisters, Iva Crittenden of Carrier Mills, Illinois and Sharon Young of Bellwood, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; and a cousin; Charles Mason and his wife Betty of Harrisburg, Illinois.
In addition to her husband and parents, Betty was preceded in death by two sisters; Venita Leach and in infancy, Jackie.
Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Rev. Ownly Williams will officiate and burial will follow in Sunset Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 PM to 1 PM. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be left for the family at www.reedfuneralchapel.com.
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