In Loving Memory of Carol Beth Gillespie
Loving daughter, mother, wife, and nurse
Beth Gillespie passed into the next world on October 9th, 2019 surrounded by her family; she had been battling cancer for the last few months. She was born in Boone, Iowa on July 26th, 1957 to her proud parents Carroll and Aline Branson.
Beth is survived by her sisters Terry Wood and Lynda Brown, her brother Phillip Branson, her father-in-law Don Gillespie, brother-in-law James Gillespie, her many nieces and nephews and her three beloved children Ryan, Terri and Laura. She is also survived by her love Charles Gilman and his family. She was preceded by her loving husband, Bill, her parents, her brothers, Warren Branson, Michael Feller and Joe Feller, and her sister, Elaine Chandler.
At 5 years old Beth moved to Colorado Springs where she would enjoy spending most of her time with her elder sister and her young nieces. She was a gymnast for Coronado High School and could be found on the ice at the old World Arena in the Broadmoor. Beth graduated from Nursing school in 1984; following the family vocation and found her fit in nursing with Labor & Delivery. Beth loved helping new lives come into the world. She was a dedicated and fierce advocate for her patients. She began her nursing career at St Francis Hospital in the Springs, but worked in numerous hospitals as a travel Nurse in her later career. (She was slated to begin a new assignment 2 days after her diagnosis.) She also had a career in Mary Kay Cosmetics from 1987-1999 where she ran a successful business and rose to the level of director; taking great pride in her several red Pontiacs that she earned from the company.
Beth had an adventurous spirit and love of nature that she expressed through hiking, sailing and paddle boarding. She loved country music and square dancing with her husband Bill. A devoted animal lover she always had pets, including her travel birds Willie & Patsy which went on all travel assignments with her.
Beth loved roses and it was her request to have those at her services.
Beth’s viewing is Monday evening, October 21st, at the Shrine of Remembrance from 5-7 pm.
Beth’s funeral and burial begin Tuesday, October 22nd, at 2 pm at the Shrine of Remembrance.