Martha Elenor Gillespie

January 24, 1933 - May 10, 2023
Martha Elenor Gillespie



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Martha Elenor Gillespie, 90, lifelong resident of Mills River passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at Hendersonville Health and Rehab. She was born on January 24, 1933 to the late, Frank and Anna Nystrom Gillespie.

Martha graduated from Mills River High School and Western Carolina University. She was a special education teacher at Mills River Elementary.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her sisters, Marjorie Rector and Mary Everhart and brother, Franklin A. Gillespie.

She is survived by her nephews, Phil Gillespie of Mills River, Bill Gillespie of Mills River, and Chuck Rector of Asheville; nieces, Mary Ann Guthrie of Mills River, Tina Rector and Sharon Rector both of Asheville.

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  • May 19, 2023
    Teresa Trantham says:
    Dear Gillespie family I am so sorry to hear of Martha’s passing. She and my mom(Ann Reece) we’re friends and she thought so much of her. She was a fine lady and teacher. Mills River lost a great person.