Victoria Gillespie, loving wife and mother, 86, formerly of Midland, died Aug. 22, 2013, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She was born April 30, 1926, in Bield, Manitoba, to the late Peter and Ann Hrynchuk. While growing up in Winnipeg, she met and later wed Dr. Thomas Gillespie on May 4, 1945.
Dr. & Mrs. Gillespie celebrated 67 years of marriage in 2012 before his passing earlier this year. While she was a resident of of Midland for over 50 years, she had a love for Canada that remained strong.
Vicki cherished her family, son, Terrence (Kathy) Gillespie, Peter Kelvin Gillespie (who passed Nov. 1989), his daughter who they then adopted and raised, Lisa (John) Anderson, Booker (Tijana) Sim; and her three great-grandchildren, Lillian Grace, John Peter Kelvin and Isabella Rose Anderson. Vicki was also preceded in death by her brother, Ernie Hrynchuk; and three sisters, Eva (Hrynchuk), Olive (Hrynchuk) and Elizabeth (Hrynchuk).
Vicki had stories, wit and wisdom, loved her award-winning gardens, was a golf champion and a tremendous cook. She fondly showed off the invitation she and Tom held from a visit to Queen Elizabeth's coronation where they enjoyed tea with the Queen's esteemed guests.
Vicki often said, "We go by this way but once," as she encouraged family and friends to live without regrets. And so it was in her own life where she was one of Midland's longest serving Realtors of over 35 years in a career she loved. She was recognized as a top saleswoman locally, having achieved the Millionaires Club accolade over several consecutive years. And when she retired in 2011 to spend more time with her ill husband, Tom, who passed away last March in Midland, she was surrounded by her family and life-long friends she made along her amazing journey as it, too, neared its end.
In her final days, in missing her loving husband, she sang to herself songs of praise and worship from her youth. She will be missed by her family and friends and we are grateful for the time we had with her.
For those who wish to plan an expression of sympathy, please consider a donation to the Toni and Trish House, Auburn, or the
National Office in Chicago, Illinois.