Letha Gillette

Letha GilletteLetha Nelle Butler Gillette, 95, of Rushville died at 8:32 a.m. Jan. 16, 2013, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

She was born Dec. 20, 1917, in Toulon, the daughter of Samuel and Lucy Armel Butler. She married Joseph R. Gillette on April 16, 1938, in Mount Sterling. He preceded her in death on July 28, 1979.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Eugene, Richard and Samuel Butler.

Surviving are two sons, Jerry (and Sandra) Gillette of Indiana, Pa., and Richard Gillette (and friend Gayleen Hammond) of Winfield, Mo.; one daughter, Jean (and Gene) Zackey of Mount Sterling; six grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was a 1935 graduate of Brown County High School. She and her husband Joe owned and operated Sugar Grove Store from 1946 until his death in 1979. She then worked with the homemaker program with Schuyler County Health Department.

She was a member of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, where she was the pianist for over 60 years. She was active with the church's United Methodist Women. She volunteered at Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Center in Rushville.

Services were held Saturday at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, south of Rushville, with Barbara Wooldridge and Pastor Steve Granadosin officiating. Burial was in Gillette Cemetery south of Rushville. Wood Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church or Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Center.

Condolences may be sent to www.woodfh.net.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/23/2013

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