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Thelma May Gillen
Servant of God, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother
Feb. 14, 1924 - Jan. 6, 2011
Thelma May Gillen was born in Bryant, S.D., to Ezra and Mabel Miller.
Her parents and brother, Kenneth, preceded her in death.
She is survived by two sisters, Norma and Florence. She was married April 11, 1942, to the love of her life, Clifford William Gillen, in Hartington, Neb. Together they had eight children. Their first child, Diane, preceded her in death.
"It is said that the naming indicated God's love for his people, whom his word compares to the stars of heaven, whose coming out and returning is accomplished by God calling them each by name." (Isaiah 40:26).
"Because you believe in the Lord, God I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven." (Genesis)
She is survived by Clifford William Gillen, husband of 69 years, and their children and their children's children: Jeffrey and Kathy Gillen and family, Dana and Rodney Wood and Magdalena, Jackson, Russell and Leanna, Alyson Gillen, John and Britne Gillen and Landon, and Anne Gillen; Brian and Jill Gillen and family, Curtis and Sarah Gillen and Garrett, Patrick Gillen, Cameron Gillen, and Kathryn Gillen; Cynthia and Daniel Troy and family, Patrick and Leann Troy and Leah, Madelyn and Adam, Aaron and Tami Troy and Kaitlyn, Ryan and Ashley, Christopher and Tanya Troy and Illiana; Danita and Gary Buss and family, Katie and Adam Shipman and Kurtis and Ryan, Jennifer and Nate Smith, Bryan and Heather Buss; Janice Gillen and family, Christina Miller, Stacy Miller, Drake and Leona Miller and Gavin and Gabby; Christopher and Donna Gillen and family, Nathan and Stacey Gillen and Reid, Jaime and J.T. Hargus; Mary and Maurice Hobson and family, Louise and Michael Collins and Jack, Shelbi and Jeremy Baldillez and Greyson.
"An excellent wife who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. She looked well to the ways of her household and did not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also and he praises her saying, 'Many daughters have done nobly but you excel them all.' A woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised." (Proverbs 31).
A Mass of the Resurrection has take place at St. Frances de Paula Catholic Church in Tularosa and Christian burial took place at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Tularosa, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 16 to Feb. 16, 2011
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