1924 – 2014

SKOWHEGAN — Elizabeth “Betty” Dolloff Gillespie, 89, of Jay, died Sunday, March 9, at Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan, with her family by her side.

Betty was born in Livermore Falls on July 21, 1924, the daughter of Harlan C. and Gladys (Goodwin) Dolloff. She was a 1942 graduate of Livermore Falls High School and a 1945 graduate of Farmington Normal School.

On Feb. 1, 1947, she married Kenneth Gillespie Jr. Together, they owned and operated Forks Cash Market in Wayne for 13 years and Jersey Shores Cottages on Maranacook Lake in Winthrop for many years. Betty taught school in Fayette for 19 years, retiring in 1985. She spent winters in Florida until her husband’s death in 1990. In 1992, she moved to the Gillespie farm in Jay.

Betty was a member of Eaton Memorial Methodist Church of Livermore Falls, a past matron of the Eastern Star in Wayne, a member of the Livermore Falls Women’s Club, a member of the Charity Rebekah Lodge No. 6 and a member of the Woman’s Literary Union in Auburn.

Betty’s hobbies included oil painting, quilting, writing poetry and doing crafts. Most of all, she enjoyed the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and summers at camp on Maranacook Lake in Winthrop.

She will be deeply missed by her two sons and their wives, Bill and his wife, Becky, and Richard and his wife, Rhonda, all of Winthrop; her daughter, Julie Jewell and her husband, Stephen, of Skowhegan; 10 grandchildren and their families, including Lane Gillespie, Gavin Gillespie, Libby (Gillespie) Mortimer, Christopher Clark, Stephen Jewell, Susan (Jewell) Nelson, Katie (Jewell) Anton, Stephanie (Jewell) Miller, Casey Gillespie and Corey Gillespie; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth, after 43 years of marriage; three sisters, Jeannette Fellows, Dorothy Merkle and Avis Page; a brother, Richard Dolloff; and a great-grandson, Andrew Clark.

Memories, condolences and photos may be viewed on the obituary page at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.

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