Annette Willcox Gillespie

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Annette Willcox Gillespie of Debary, 83, died Tuesday, April 1. Annette was born May 18, 1930. A graduate of Stetson University, Annette received a Master of Arts from Duke University. She was married to E. Bryan Gillespie on August 29, 1958. The family moved to DeLand in 1966, where Annette taught mathematics at Stetson for over twenty years. Annette was a long-time member of First Baptist Church and New Covenant Church in DeLand. Diagnosed in 1980 with Parkinson's disease, she founded the DeLand Area Parkinson's Support Group. She is survived by her husband, Bryan; daughters, Susan Losher and Mary Stackhouse; son, John Gillespie; grandchildren, Rebecca, Ben, Rachel, Andrew, and Athan; and sister, Janelle Watson. She is predeceased by her brother, Herbert Willcox. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 4, at New Covenant Baptist Church, 1010 N. Alabama Ave., DeLand. Services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the church, followed by graveside services at Oakdale Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, www.brainbank.mclean.org. The family would like to thank Greg and Teresa Hopcraft and the entire staff at Lanyard Manor for their untiring dedication to providing superb, individualized care. Online condolences may be made at www.allensummerhillfuneralhome.com. Allen-Summerhill DeLand is in charge.



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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 3, 2014