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Evelyn M. (Hardy) Gillespie
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    P.O. Box 600
    Doylestown, PA 18901

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“Mum, I have been rejoicing that you are no longer waiting to "Go Home". I know I will soon start to feel your void of remaining self in my life. I...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Joyce Gillespie - Lowell, MA

“As we, collectively, walk down Memory Lane, may you never forget, even in Heaven above, the great and profound impact you had on MANY lives including...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Tom Poirier - Lowell, MA - Family

“Evelyn, I rember when my Mum died, you asked if you could be my second Mother I agreed. I will miss you as much as I miss my first Mother. ...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Susan Gillespie-Tocco - MA

“Some of my best memories were at yours and Uncle Tom's home on Porter St in Melrose--From playing your player piano to just sitting and watching your...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Luanne Hagan - Malden, MA

“A rose for my beautiful mother!! I love You, Diane ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Diane Gillespie - Daughter

“Christine, my sincerest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother. I wish you sweet memories of your mom to carry you through...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Cindy Hemenway - Stoneham, MA

“I'll always remember your laughter, your smile, your loving ways and of course your love for cough drops.. Rest In Peace MorherCat!Love Always, your...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Tom Rabbottino - Woburn, MA

“Rest in Peace Mother-Cat. Thank you for accepting me into the family so lovingly. We had a special bond sharing family pictures, our love for the...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Mother Cat I love you!! Ill miss our random talks about pop culture, pocket books,dresses and fashion, 3 things I knew nothing about but still loved...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Joseph Rabbottino - Grandchild

“I had many wonderful times at the Gillespie home as a teenager. Mrs. Gillespie was certainly a "fashion plate - always looking beautiful. She and...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Carolyn Peach - Melrose, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Remember the good times and I'm sure she's happy with her love! ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Denise Cabral - Melrose, MA

“Muma, Because of you I have a life and a lifetime of love, memories and lessons well taught. But most of all you taught me moderation in everything...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Diane Gillespie - Daughter

“Rest in peace Mothercat and thank you for creating such a wonderful family that I have been blessed to be part of. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Rick Cabral

“Mum, I cannot even find the words. I KNOW, that you KNOW what is in my heart. Thank You for Everything. Be Happy. Hug Daddy please. I'll be loving...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: susan gillespie tocco - MA

“Mothercat you were such a class act and a very loving grandmother. You saw the beauty in everything and made sure we did too. May you now Rest In...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Janine Cabral - Grandchild

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Evelyn M. Gillespie, of Melrose, formerly of Medford, died at the Courtyard Nursing Care Center in Medford on Feb. 13, 2017 at the age of 91. Evelyn was born in Somerville, raised in Medford and a graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1943. She was a homemaker, resided in Melrose for 29 years and Kittery, ME for 21 years. Evelyn was very active with the Incarnation Church Ladies' Sodality in Melrose and organized a women's & men's grief support group. She loved reading, long walks on the beach and ballroom dancing at Mosley's on the Charles in Dedham. Evelyn had a flair for fashion, decorating and entertaining large holiday parties. She enjoyed traveling to Ireland, Hawaii, San Francisco, Prince Edward Island, Hampton Beach and taking many road trips all across America. Evelyn's family was the most important part of her life. She was married to the love of her life the late Thomas F. Gillespie for 37 years. Loving mother of Susan E. Gillespie-Tocco & her husband Vincent of Gloucester, Christine L. Gillespie-Baker & her husband Bob, Diane L. Gillespie & her husband James McKinley, all of Medford and Joyce Gillespie & her husband Tom Poirier of Lowell. Caring sister of Ann Sacco & her husband Carl of Reading and Paul Hardy & his wife Lois of Malden. Also survived by 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Monday, Feb. 20th from 2-6PM. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 21st at 9AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, Herbert St., Melrose at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.