Kewanee... Sandra K. Gillespie, 63, of Kewanee, died at 9:12 AM Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, March 12 at 11 AM at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor David Gerke will officiate. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-7 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Atkinson. Memorials can be directed to Faith Lutheran Church or to Hope House in Iowa City.
She was born on February 17, 1951 in Kewanee, the daughter of O.B. and Evelyn Jones. She had married Jim Dexter and then married Marlin S. Gillespie in 1983. He preceded her in death on October 3, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Samuel Bomleny. She is survived by her children, Kim (Tim) Price of Bettendorf, IA, Jenny Femali (Jeff Bomleny) of Atkinson,IL, Mary (Chuck) Higgins of Soddy Daisy, TN, Marlin Gillespie of Atkinson, Yancy (Katie Bitting) of Kewanee, Maggie (Donald Verbout) of Neponset, Larry Gillespie of Kewanee and Kelly (Jacob) Brants of Hoopole, 14 grandchildren and one on the way, a sister, Diane Hodgett of Cambridge, a brother, Jim (Gail Ripka) Jones of Kewanee and her mother-in-law, Margaret Gillespie of Kewanee.
Sandra had graduated from Kewanee High School in 1969. She had worked for many years at GTE. She had also worked for Wyffels and for Subway. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and in earlier years was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where she had been an active volunteer. She was a stay at home mom and had looked after and cared for her eight children and her many grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.