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Janette Holmes Gillespie of Jacksonville received the gift of eternal life on Monday, February 6, 2017. Just one week earlier she was honored with a celebration of her 107th birthday at Oakbrook Care Center. Janette was born on January 30, 1910 in Dalhart, Texas. She was the fourth daughter of Reverend Eugene and Jennie (Horn) Holmes who preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her husband of fifty-five years, Lowell E. (Gillie) Gillespie, her five sisters; Alla Gene Williams, Helen Penick, Kathryn Roberts, Mary Beth Curtis and Roberta Hurt as well as many special relatives.
Janette is survived by her daughter, Janan Gillespie Hale and her husband Bill of Tyler and son, Gary Earnest Gillespie and his wife Becky of Hartford, Alabama; six grandchildren, Kevan Sue Bauer, Jeffrey Scott Hale, William Lowell Hale, Mark Douglas Hale, Brandy Ann Fitzgerald and Lindsey Rene' Beall; twelve great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Katie Gillespie. She lived independently until 2011 when, at the age of 101, she moved to Oakbrook Care Center in Whitehouse, Texas.
Janette was a graduate of Texas Christian University and used her business degree at work much of her life, retiring from Bealls General Office after many years, when she needed to be at home to care for her husband prior to his death in 1989. She was an active member of the First Christian Church. She enjoyed playing bridge with friends throughout her life. She had a positive, cheerful attitude, never complained and loved her family. In 2016, she was included in The Genetics of Longevity Study of Boston University Medical Center.
There will be a graveside service at Jacksonville City Cemetery on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions could be made to the First Christian Church - 1920 Beaumont St. - Jacksonville, TX. or to the charity of your choice.
Published on February 8, 2017
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