Gillespie, Maryann

Maryann Gillespie, 75, of Sand Creek, Mich., died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.

She was born on Dec. 11, 1933, in Fulton County, Ohio, the daughter of Grant and Dorothy (Richardson) Double.  On Dec. 31, 1961, in Seward, Ohio, she married Lyle Gillespie and he survives.

Maryann was a life-long Morenci area resident. She drove a school bus for the Morenci Area Schools for 29 years, retiring in 1993.  She was a devoted wife and dearly loved her children and grandson.  She loved music, quilting and sewing.

Besides her husband, Maryann is survived by a daughter, Maliea Pate of Morenci, Mich.; a grandson, Alex Pate; five sisters, Phyllis (and Roy) Hintz of Munson, Mich., Audrey Hildrith of Delta, Ohio, Viola (and Lou) Hindall of North Baltimore, Ohio, Carol (and Ronnie) McCance of Wauseon, Ohio, and Linda (and Danny) Willet of Sand Creek; two brothers, Leslie Double of Wauseon, Ohio, and Butch (and Bev) Double of Metamora, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Maryann was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Allen, in 2006.

Funeral services are scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial will be in the Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, Ohio. Visitation is planned from 2:30 p.m. Saturday until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fairfield Fire Department.