Jane Olivia Page Gillespie, of Rabun County, Georgia, died June 7, 2019. She was the daughter of Edward (Bill) Page and Ethel Rickman Page of Wolffork Valley.
Jane had a true servant's heart. From a very young age, she began to develop culinary skills as an outlet to nurture others. She was a high school 4-H State Champion in canning, and eventually made her career in food services. Jane will long be remembered for her gift of hospitality – for making people feel loved and special.
Jane was a graduate of Rabun Gap Nacoochee School’s class of 1962. As a Senior, she was honored as Miss Ragana for her beauty, poise, talent and personality. She considered members of her class as part of her family.
Her servant's heart and love of humanity was evident throughout her long battle with cancer. Jane persevered through many years and many different treatments in hopes that other multiple myeloma patients might benefit from her own successes and sufferings in fighting the disease.
Jane was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She lived her life with an open heart and mind believing that we are all God’s children.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents; the father of her children, Amos Gillespie; and her brother, Ed Page.
She is survived by three children: Steve Gillespie, Lori Gillespie Speed, and Sarah “Beth” Gillespie. Also surviving are three grand children: Olivia Dillman (and husband Raymond Dillman), Zarek Echols, and Hayley Gillespie, as well as five great-grandchildren, Stella, Forrest, Hunter, Mehgan, and Cole. Others surviving are her brother Bob Page (his wife, June); a sister, Sally O'Barr (husband, Mike); and a sister Anne Free (husband, Tim). Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and very special friends also survive.
Visitation will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Beck's Funeral Home followed by her memorial service. A celebration of her life will be held in Sarah Gillespie's home at 22 Skyline Lane, Clayton, Georgia following the service.
The family is receiving plants and flowers in her memory. Memorial donations can also be made to Sid Weber Cancer Fund at SWMCF PO Box 485 Rabun Gap, GA 30568.
Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.
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