Fran Gillespie of Paducah, Ky., died Tuesday, October 19, at Western Baptist Hospital. She was 83.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 23, 2010, at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner and Orr Funeral Home with Dr. Ben Boone officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
Born Miley Frances Carr in Blackwell, Oklahoma, to William and Mary Carr, she graduated from Tulsa Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Centenary College of Louisiana, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority, Centenary College Choir and the Centenary Dance Team.
A strong and loving family was the most important thing in her life. She is survived by her husband, Jack Charles Gillespie, their children and families.
Their daughter, Linda Gillespie Miller, and her husband, Dr. Fred Luther Miller, live in Paducah, Kentucky, and have three children, Joshua Gillespie Miller and his wife, Dr. Rachel Ware Miller; Lester Carr Miller, his wife, Aumaine Allana Mott, and their son, Luther Adem Holbrook Miller; and Jessica Jordan Miller.
Their son, Dr. John Charles Gillespie, and his wife, Rae Gillespie, live in Houston, Texas, and have two children, Britney Lee Gillespie and her fiancé, William Stokes McMillan; and Joseph Charles Gillespie and his wife, Rachel Gillespie.
Their daughter, Sandra Gillespie Landry, and her husband, Dr. Robert Landry, live in Cookeville, Tennessee, and have three children, Tarra Bergeron Landry, Katherine Louise Landry and Wesley Harrison Landry.
She is also survived by generations of students at St. John Elementary School, where she was a talented, creative teacher of 7th and 8th grade Science and Math. Her former students' frequent praise and thanks were a real source of delight, joy and self-consciousness.
As an involved parent, she was instrumental in the creation of the first Science Club, the first Science Fair, and the introduction of French language instruction at Lone Oak Elementary School.
Fran highly valued a strong sense of humor. Her own sense of humor, along with her courage, tenacity and spirit of fun will be sorely missed by her family and those who knew her. She often told her children, jokingly we assumed, that she was planning to commit the perfect crime and go undetected. For all we know, she did.
Visitation for Fran Gillespie will be held from 2 p.m. until the funeral hour on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner and Orr Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to: American Heart Association, 5455 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214; or American Stroke Foundation, 5960 Dearborn Street, Ste. 100, Mission, KS 66202.
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