Letha L. Gillespie, age 98, of Pocahontas, Illinois, passed away at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Helia Health Care in Greenville.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Pocahotas United Methodist Church with Rev. David Trover officiating. Interment will follow in Robinson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. Monday evening at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Geenville. For those who desire memorials in Letha’s memory may be made to her Church or to the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department.
Letha Lydia Barnes, the daughter of Samuel Ennis Barnes and Lydia Ann McKittrick Barnes, was born on December 24, 1917 near Shelbyville, Illinois. Letha was raised on the Barnes farm near Shelbyville where she attended the one room schools including Rocky Branch School. She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1936 , then attended Sparks Business College for 2 years. Following her marriage Letha moved to Pocahontas where they raised their family. Letha then worked for Utlaut Memorial Hospital from November 1965 as CNA, ward clerk, and later scheduling director, retiring in February of 1985. Letha enjoyed crocheting, reading, and going on Presley Tours.
Letha and Noah W. Gillespie were united in marriage on August 17, 1941 in Shelbyville and enjoyed over 28 years together before his death on February 15, 1970. They are the parents of five children, four of whom survive: Gary R. “Judy” Gillespie of Dwight, IL, Letha Lydia “Larry” Schramm of New Berg, Oregon, Linda S. “Keith” Cappello, of Lebanon, IL, Noah W. “Leisa” Gillespie of Gallatin, TN, 9 grandchildren: 13 great-grandchildren 1 great-great-grandchild, 2 step grandchildren, and 3 step great-grandchildren.
Letha is the last of her generation being preceded in death by her husband Noah, daughter Eula Ann Gillespie, and siblings: Standish Barnes, Wayne Barnes, Laura Barnes, and Myrtle McDonald.
Letha was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Pocahontas, now of Highland, serving as Worth matron and is a Past Worthy Matron, and her church, the Pocahontas United Methodist Church.