Saturday, August 9, 2008

And Now . . . I Bid You Adieu

Theda Earlene Gillespie 1931 ~ 2008 Our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend passed from this earthly existence on August 6, 2008 surrounded by those she loved.Earlene was born Sept. 6, 1931 in Tucson, Arizona to Earl Christopher Sipe and Elizabeth Elder. She was a woman full of light and life, a woman who seemed to succeed at nearly everything she tried, from grand gardens to building rooms. Earlene was one of the choice spirits who walk upon the earth seeking to do service for those around her. She had great integrity, a huge heart, and a beautiful spirit and will be sorely missed. Earlene is survived by her six children: Collette Johnson (Washington); Doug Clement (Bountiful); Linda Capello (Idaho); Mark Clement (Oregon); Karen Hoover (Tooele); and Sean Gillespie (Salt Lake). This only child produced six children, 21 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren, and she spent her last few hours surrounded by many of them, sharing stories and joyful memories of our years with her. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Fri., August 8 at the chapel on 2600 S. and 500 W. in Bountiful. All welcome.

It is not easy to say good-bye to those we love, especially when it is a separation that will last until one crosses from this world to the next. On Wednesday, August 6, at 3:05 a.m., my dear, sweet mother unexpectedly crossed the veil into the eternities.

Farewell, Mama. Thank-you for all the years of love, friendship, and unwavering support. You will be sorely missed. Hugs and kisses for eternity.

13 comments:

Jill Ann said...

What a beautiful tribute to your angel mother. Thank you for sharing, since I wasn't able to see it in the paper.

Karlene said...

Karen, I'm so sorry to hear this. Your mother sounds like a wonderful person. Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family.

Karlene

Shari said...

I will miss not only her puttering around the yard, but her sweet spirit and her insights and wisdom. She is one of the most spiritual women I've ever known.

Anonymous said...

Karen, I'm so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers.

Julie Bellon

Pink Ink said...

Karen, I heard from Shanna and would have gone to be with you but just got back today from my vacation. I am so sorry. Know that I am thinking of you and your sweet family.

Noble M Standing said...

Karen my thoughts are with you as you walk into the next phase of your life. I really wanted to go to the funeral but family things came up and I wasn't able to make it. I'm sorry. Your mother will be missed even by those of us that only met her a few times.
Michelle

Laurel said...

I am so sorry Karen. Like my mom said she will be missed by those who only met her a few times. You and your family are in my prayers.

Weston Elliott said...

thoughts and prayers are with you, my friend

Melinda said...

Karen,

I'm so sorry to hear this. Your mother must have been a wonderful person to have such an amazing daughter. Her legacy continues through her family.

My thoughts and prayer are with you.

April said...

I'm so sorry Karen! My prayers are with you.

Julie Wright said...

Karen, I'm so sorry to be late to this and hope you can forgive me, but I wanted to let you know how beautiful your mother is and how grateful I am to have been able to know her.

Anonymous said...

Karen, Our condolences. I should have caught this posting earlier but didn't due to heavy workloads. Jenny called to let us know while Alida was out of town. Our thoughts are with you.
- Michael and family

jenica said...

i couldn't agree with your tribute more. she was very grand and very humble. i love her.

xoxo