Judy Mae Gillespie

October 4, 1947 - June 26, 2020
Judy Gillespie

Judy Mae Gillespie, 72, of Webb City, Missouri, passed away early Friday morning, June 26, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin following a long illness.

Judy was born October 4, 1947, in Joplin, to the union of William “Bill” and Dorothy (Moser) Gillespie. She attended schools in Huntington Beach, California, before returning to the Joplin area. Following school, she furthered her education while attending Joplin Junior Business College.

Judy worked outside of the home some, but primarily as a homemaker while raising her five children. She was a longtime member of the VFW Post 534 Auxiliary and loved to play bingo. Judy enjoyed fishing, reading and working puzzle books. She had a heart for animals and was very fond of her dog, Messer. Judy was a great mother and a loving granny and great-granny. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Judy was preceded in death by her father, Bill Gillespie; a sister, Billie Coleman; a grandson, Kevin “Keifer” Hall; a step-grandson, Randy Byler; and a son-in-law, John L. Jacks, Sr.

Survivors include her five children, Pam Jacks, of Carterville, Tonette Powers and husband, Wesley, of Port Neches, Texas, Samantha Byler and husband, Ron, of Baxter Springs, Kansas, Rondha Gooding of Webb City and George Gooding and wife, Yvette, of Joplin; 19 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; a sister, JoAnn Law, and husband, Terry, of Rogers, Arkansas; as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020, in the chapel of Parker Mortuary in Joplin. Committal of ashes will follow at Saginaw Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin, Missouri.