EILEEN GIL­LIS

The Casket - - Obituaries -

Fu­neral ser­vice for the late Eileen Gil­lis, 89, Antigonish, was held De­cem­ber 29 in St. Ninian’s Cathe­dral, Antigonish.

Mrs. Gil­lis died De­cem­ber 25, 2018.

Born in Fair­mont, Antigonish, she was the sixth of 11 chil­dren of the late Hugh A. and Mag­gie

Anne Macdon­ald. At 18, she mar­ried her great love John Alex Gil­lis and to­gether they nur­tured a legacy of kind­ness, gen­eros­ity and love. Over the years they warmly in­vited many into their Brook­land Street home and lives. She had a spe­cial gift of mak­ing ev­ery­one feel wel­come as a part of the fam­ily. She was a woman of great faith and a mem­ber of Catholic Women’s League for more than 60 years. She was one of the first women man­agers of Eaton’s Cat­a­logue Sales Of­fice and worked at the local store, un­til it closed in 1976. She then worked as a PCW at the R.K. Macdon­ald Nurs­ing Home un­til her re­tire­ment. She was a tal­ented gar­dener who cre­ated many beau­ti­ful gar­dens. She loved flow­ers, and the bal­ance and seren­ity of na­ture. She had a ra­di­ant and play­ful smile that lit up the room and warmed the heart.

She was de­voted to her fam­ily and friends and gave fully of her­self in every­thing she did. She took great pride in her chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, and great grand­child. She en­thu­si­as­ti­cally sup­ported them all in their aca­demic or ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. She was look­ing for­ward to the im­mi­nent birth of two more great-grand­chil­dren.

She im­parted the most im­por­tant bless­ings you can give: words that en­cour­age, hands that help, and a heart that loves un­con­di­tion­ally. She was truly a unique in­di­vid­ual who was able to live these words through­out her life. She was a re­mark­able woman: kind, hard­work­ing, de­ter­mined, re­source­ful, de­pend­able and gen­er­ous. She pro­vided love, hu­mour, sup­port, and en­cour­age­ment for her chil­dren and her grand­chil­dren. In do­ing so she nur­tured a strong sense of fam­ily en­cour­ag­ing her grand­chil­dren to de­velop strong re­la­tion­ships that make them more like sib­lings rather than cousins.

She will never be for­got­ten. Her spirit and legacy are imbed­ded in her fam­ily. She will be re­mem­bered wher­ever we hear a hearty laugh or see in them her beau­ti­ful eyes and smile. We will hear her in a witty line. We will see her when we look at a beau­ti­ful flower, or when leaves are raked and piled. We will see her when we watch a sport­ing event, es­pe­cially hockey. We will see her when­ever we see any­body over­come ad­ver­sity. We will see her when we see acts of kind­ness.

She lived her life with the ad­mirable traits of be­ing able to see the best, over­come the worst and to en­joy life to its fullest. Sow seeds of kind­ness and you will have a per­pet­ual har­vest. She has sown the seeds, and we are all the bet­ter for this; we are her best gar­den.

She is sur­vived by four chil­dren, Deb­o­rah Gil­lis (Ron Mcisaac), Bed­ford; Bernie Gil­lis (Ge­orgina De­coste), Antigonish; Andrea Gil­lis (David Mur­ray), Halifax; Myrna Gil­lis (Geri Casey), Glen Haven; nine grand­chil­dren, Chris­tena Mcisaac (Brad Olsen), Halifax; Ian Mcisaac (Stephanie George), Winnipeg and Truro; El­iz­a­beth Mcisaac (Dr. Ian R. Macdon­ald), Halifax; Kyle Gil­lis, Halifax; Erin Gil­lis, Bed­ford; Jeremy Gil­lis (Jen­syn Doyle), Halifax; Adrian Mur­ray (Laura Ged­des), Lon­don, On­tario; Moira Mur­ray, Toronto; Ben Gil­lis, Halifax; great-grand­son, Gavin Mur­ray; three sib­lings, Betty Conroy (late Bill) Co­has­set Mass.; Valeta Perdi­gao, (late Manuel) Co­has­set, Mass.; John ‘Farmer’ Macdon­ald (late Pat) Camino Is­land, Washington; two sis­ters-in-law, Martha Macdon­ald (late Eu­gene) Lake­vale; Mag­gie Macdon­ald (late Fran­cis); brother-in-law, Alex Perdi­gao (late Lucy) Cen­ter Har­bor, N.H.; many nieces and neph­ews.

She was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, John Alex Gil­lis; three chil­dren, Al­lan, Myra, Elaine; par­ents-in-law; eight sib­lings, Rod­er­ick, Fran­cis, Mary Kay (late Des) Chabot, Eu­gene, Rev. Bernard A., Billy (late Jessie), Lucy Perdi­gao.

Me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

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