A Sacred Moment


Mary Ann Gillespie

January 16, 1933 - August 21, 2013

She touched many people with her smile

Mrs. Mary Ann Gillespie was one of seven children born to Joseph and Florence Triplett in Galesburg, IL on January 16th 1933. Mary passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 20, 2013.

This is where she met Thomas Gillespie and had two children. She resided there until 1950 until she moved to Peoria, IL and later Oakland, CA. Her final place of residence was Lynnwood, WA where she a resided since 1996.

Mary will forever be remembered by her devoted family. She leaves to mourn and cherish her memories, her daughters Patricia Washington, Carolyn Piersawl and a son-in-law William Piersawl (who preceded her in death); five Grandchildren: Aaron Washington (who preceded her in death), Darnea Gillespie, Tara Washington, Charles Scott, Noell Piersawl; five Great-Grandchildren: Malkyia Washington, Michel’le Cheatem, Tre’vion Foster (who has preceded her in death), Taivion Foster, Tashara Foster, Devin Scott, Jaysaun Scott; seven Siblings: Willie Louis, Wilber Triplett, Joseph Triplette Florence Hall , Lucille Chukes, Sheareleen Goodlow Corley and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mary loved hosting get togethers and cooking for her family. She also enjoyed bowling and playing cards. She touched many people with her smile.

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free. I’m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way; I’ve found that peace at the close of day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow: I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full I’ve savored much, good times, good friends, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all to brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.

- Shannon Lee Mosely

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