2009-11-21 / Obituaries

Charlotte Louise Gillespie

Charlotte Louise Gillespie, 89, of Baltimore, left this life to join her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the sun set on Monday, November 9, 2009.

She was born to Alta and Clarence Rand in Madison, Ohio on April 6, 1920.

Whether as a loving mother and wife, loyal church member, devoted friend, or helpful neighbor, Charlotte was well-known and respected throughout the Baltimore community. She was devoted to the ministry of Beulah United Methodist Church and later Baltimore United Methodist Church. As a choir member, Sunday School teacher, and Women’s Guild member; Charlotte touched many lives. She was always helping someone - babysitting for family and friends, mowing yards in the neighborhood, giving away home-grown vegetables, volunteering in the Liberty Union Middle School library, going for walks with Sean Shanks, and crocheting dish towels for gifts. Working at the local seniors’ meal site, Charlotte both served and socialized with many in the community for a lengthy time.

Charlotte is survived by daughter, Becki (Jim) Bowlby; son, Tom; granddaughter, Kim; great grandsons, Mich, Cody, and Brandon; as well as friends and acquaintances galore.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor; parents; daughter, Sara Jane; brother, Russell; aunt, Esther Hearn; brother-in-law, Louis Gillespie; sister-in-law, Margaret Rand; as well as many other dear family members and friends.

A caring cremation has taken place by the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, Baltimore. On Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Branson Hawkes will preside over a celebration of Charlotte’s life at Baltimore United Methodist Church at 200 West Market St., Baltimore. Family and friends may gather at 9:00 a.m. until time of service for an opportunity to reflect on her life. All are welcome.

We would also like to extend our heart-felt thanks to the New Lexington Care and Rehab Center, FairHoPe Hospice, and Heartland of Fairfield Care Center for all of their loving attention to Mom over the past years.

Mom will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all. We ask that instead of flowers, any memorial gifts be directed to FairHoPe Hospice, 282 Sells Rd., Lancaster, Ohio 43130 or Baltimore United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Baltimore, Ohio 43105.

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