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Gillespie, 80 passed away on April 28, 2020, in Columbus, MS at the Plantation Place Nursing Facility.
She was a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church where she once served as President of the Usher Board, later serving as Vice President, Sunday School Secretary, WMU on the Mother Board Finance, Building Community, and other various positions.
She Loved God, her family, working in the church. She had a passion for reading her Bible, gardening, taking care of her dog,
traveling, and volunteering. A retired employee of the North Mississippi Medical Center where she was a member of the Center
Volunteer service, a volunteer for Lift Incorporated Head Start Program, member of Retired Service Volunteer Program, member of
Woodmen of the World Fraternal Lodge #0130, a former partner in hope at St. Jude Children Research Hospital, a member of Eastern Star FosterChapter #515. She was known as Mother and Grandma to so many children in the community.
She leaves to mourn her passing her three daughters, Kim Brooks, Karen Jones and Terri Bell all of Tupelo, MS., one son, Darryl
Gillespie of Seattle, WA, her three siblings, Priscilla Lang, Larry T. Welch, and Charles N. Welch all of East St. Louis, Ill., thirteen
grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and other relatives
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tillman Welch and Ellen Morris Welch, one son Kevin Todd, her grandparents Elbert
Morris and Dezzie Hersey Morris.
Her life Celebration Service will be announced at a later date. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary is honored to be serving the Gillespie
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