Elizabeth G. Gillespie, 92, private caretaker, her grandchildren were the light of her life

By on May 17, 2017

Elizabeth G. “Betty” (Urick) Gillespie, 92, of Lititz and formerly of Shamokin, died peacefully May 14, 2017, at Lancashire Hall, Lancaster.

Born June 29, 1924 in Shamokin, she was predeceased in 1969 by her husband Robert F. Gillespie of Paxinos. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Supsic) Urick.

Betty was a homemaker living in Shamokin, and later moved to Paxinos with her husband who was an owner-operator truck driver. She loved traveling, camping, and trips to the ocean with her family and later her grandchildren. She worked for Mr. Red Clark’s Poultry, Brumbach Auction, Split Vein Coal Company and Mountain View Manor. Betty always had a passion to take care of people and worked as a private care giver for many people after her retirement. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and she reveled in every achievement they attained.

Betty was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Shamokin; St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Sunbury; and, after moving to Lancaster County to be near her son’s family, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Lancaster.

Survivors include her two sons: Gregory R, married to the former Cynthia Clark; and Bert T., married to the former Kim Hopper; eight grandchildren: Gregory Gillespie II (Jackie Fuentes), Nicole Oberrender (Emmett), Megan Gillespie (Grant Williams), Julia Kroesen (Justin), Michael Gillespie, Donielle Hopper, Kelly Gillespie and Katie Gillespie; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In her later years, Betty developed close friendships with her caregivers at Lancashire Hall and they will be fondly remembered by her family.

Services were held May 18 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Lancaster, with Rev. Dan Powell as celebrant. Burial will be private.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.

To place a condolence online, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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