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Charlotte “Chuckie” Gillespie, age 90, of  Pyma Drive, Westford, PA passed away Friday July 22, 2016 in St. Paul's, Greenville. 

She was born September 12, 1925 in Titusville to Myron and Mayme Averill. She married Paul McDonald Gillespie, on November 29, 1947. 

Charlotte graduated from Coldstock Titusville High School in 1943. She was a cheerleader for three years and Class Vice President. Chuckie participated in basketball, golf, and bowling during her high school years.  She also was the recipient of an American Legion award.  After high school she attended the Edward J. Meyer Memorial School of Nursing in Buffalo, NY and graduated in 1947. She received two Leadership Awards, one from her class and one from the alumni. In her nursing career she practiced in many fields from med surgical nursing to private duty assignments. She loved the nursing profession, enjoyed golfing, and entertainment for friends and family. 

Chuckie was a strong supporter of the Republican Party. She was a member of the Pennsylvania Republican Women’s Council and held a variety of offices. She was the State Director of Crawford County for the Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women, 9th District Leader, South Shenango Committee Person, and President of the Pymatuning Council of Republican Women. She received The Woman of the Year award from this council for her tireless efforts as well as citations for her work from State Representative Wilt, State Senator Robbins, and Congressman Phil English.

Besides her political affiliations, she was involved in establishing clubs for her children and others. She started the Campfire Girls in Euclid, Ohio. Then when she moved to Westford she began Cub Scout groups and Girl Scout troops. She was also instrumental in starting the Jamestown Girls Basketball Team, which lead to the expansion of girls sports teams in the area.

She was married to her husband, Paul, for 65 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, her daughter, Linda, an infant son, Daniel Paul, and infant daughter, Mary Martha, sisters, Eleanor Giovino, Bernadette Ruesch, and Betty Malone and brothers, Roland (Rol) Averill and Harold (Bill) Averill. 

She is survived by 3 sons, Bob (Robert) Gillespie and his wife, Sandy of Villa Hills, KY; Jeff Gillespie and his wife, Michelle of Villa Hills, KY; and Doug Gillespie of Corbin, KY; two daughters, Dr Chris Gillespie and her husband, Dan Becker, of Warminster, PA; and Sue Kaskey and her husband, Mark, of West Chester, PA; 9 Grandchildren and 4 Great grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may made to St. Paul's, 339 E. Jamestown Rd., Greenville, PA 16125,
The American Cancer Society (Breast Cancer Research), P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, The Jamestown Lion's Club, 209 Shenango St., Jamestown, PA 16134, or to a charity of your choice in memory of Charlotte.

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3 Comments

  1. Fay Davis 17611 Archdale Ave lakewood Ohio 44107 Fay Davis 17611 Archdale Ave lakewood Ohio 44107
    July 25, 2016    

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great person. I am Fay Davis who lived on E 214th st in Euclid when you lived there. Your mom always opened up her house for all of the kids on the street. We played basketball and did all kinds of things. My sis Debbie and I missed the family so much when you left. The street was never the same. I never realized how active your mom was outside of the house. My mom Edna passed away a 3 yrs ago and would have been 100 this year. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time as well as my fond memories of the family.

    Fay Davis 17611 Archdale Ave Lakewood Ohio 44107

  2. Jane Francisco Jane Francisco
    July 25, 2016    

    Gene ad I are sad for you and your family Chris. We know that Chuckie now stands with the great ones and when you look outside you will see her star shining brighter than the others.She gave me a faithful and great friend and I will never forget her for that.God’s blessings on all of you.

  3. Angel Wechter Angel Wechter
    August 3, 2016    

    Sadly to hear that our dearest friend has passed. Chucky was always there to support our group.
    She helped me greatly during my years of serving as president of PFRW. I always looked forward to her letters
    each year. GOD BLESS

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