On Monday, July 15, 2019, Joanne Leota Lethbridge Gillespie, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at the age of 78.
Joanne was born on March 6, 1941 in Ontario, Canada. In 1962 she earned her teaching degree from Western Ontario University. In 1963 she came to the United States and later became a naturalized citizen. She taught history at Saint Helens Hall.
In 1965 Joanne married Bob Gillespie and lovingly welcomed into their home Joyce in 1970 and Patricia in 1971. Later they helped Wen immigrate from China in 1981.
Joanne managed the bookkeeping for the real estate business she and Bob ran together. She also volunteered for many years with the Assistance League of Portland.
Joanne is preceded in death by her husband Bob and their daughter Patricia. She is survived by her daughter Joyce; Wen and his wife Lillian; her dear friend Bill Hotine; and her grandchildren Marcus, DeAngelo, Robert and Kevin.
A Celebration and luncheon will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11am at Summerfield Club House 10650 SW Summerfield Drive, Tigard, Oregon 97224.