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Avis Gillaspie

Avis Gillaspie, age 85 of Midland, SD, died September 18, 2008, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, September 23, at St. William Catholic Church in Midland, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Music was provided by Barb Petokse, pianist, and Barb Jones, cantor.

Lector was Eleanor Zuccaro. Altar server was Brody Jones. Ushers were Jerry Nemec and Mark Nemec.

Pallbearers were Avis' grandsons, Jay Gillaspie, Cody Gillaspie, Michael Schofield, Daniel Gillaspie, John D. Gillaspie, Tim Gillaspie, Joe Gillaspie and Aaron Olson.

Honorary pallbearers were Avis' granddaughters, Vicki Daly Chrystal Wright Connie Gillaspie Katey Gillaspie, Katherine Gillaspie, Jessica Gillaspie and Abbie Gillaspie.

Interment was in the Midland Cemetery.

Avis S. Gillaspie was born April 24, 1923, in White Lake, SD, the daughter of Earl and Hazel (Sheely) Schilling. At the age of two, the family moved to a ranch northeast of Midland. In 1926, her mother died and Avis and her brother, Lawrence, moved back to White Lake where they made their home with their paternal grand- parents, Harry and Lizzie Schilling.

She started the first grade in White Lake and in 1930 she moved with her grandparents to Midland, SD. She graduated from Midland High School in 1941.

As a young lady, she worked for Archie Joy as a bookkeeper. In 1945, she spent six months at the Black Hills Ordinance Depot in Provo. She returned to Midland to take care of her grandpa and she also returned to work for Archie Joy.

Avis was united in marriage to John J. Gillaspie on April 30, 1945, in Midland, SD. After their marriage, they made their home in Midland until October 1945, when they moved to a ranch north of Midland, where John worked for Western Cattle Company. In May 1946, they moved onto their own farm-ranch northeast of Ottumwa where they resided until 1957 when they moved into Midland. While in Midland, they operated a blacksmith shop until 1971. Then they moved to the Sivage Ranch near Four Corners where they lived and worked until 1977. In 1977, they moved to Ord, NE, where they owned and operated a café and lounge until moving back to Midland in 1990. In 1991, they moved onto the Sandbo Ranch in the Deep Creek Community where they worked for Bill Markwed until the fall of 1995 when they retired and moved into Midland.

Avis was a member of St. William Catholic Church in Midland, Midland American Legion Auxiliary, and a member of the Midland Senior Citizens Center.

Grateful for having shared her life include four sons, John L. of Hot Springs, Ken of Pierre, James (Sharon) of Pierre, and Rocky and friend Leesa Hodgin of Midland; four daughters, Evie Abrahamson (Doug) of Bowman, ND, Marilyn Hoyt (Jim) of Ft. Pierre, Mary G. Schofield (Vincent) of Midland, and Delores Suminski (Carl) of Broken Bow, NE; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn of Midland; eight grandsons; seven granddaughters; 11 great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; Judy Gillaspie of Rapid City; special friend of the family, Linda Hodgins of Rapid City; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Avis was preceded in death by her husband, John J. "Bud" Gillaspie, on November 14, 2004; two sons, Ronald L. Gillaspie October 7, 1999, and Conrad J. Gillaspie on February 2, 2000; one son and one daughter in infancy; one grandson, Dean Joseph Gillaspie; her parents; and one brother, Lawrence Schilling.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com.