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Seaver-Brown Chapel
Monday August 16th, 2021
11:00am - 1:00pm

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Monday August 16th, 2021

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Elizabeth Ann Cooper Gillespie


Elizabeth Ann Cooper Gillespie, born October 8, 1948 in Marion Va., went home to be with the Lord, peacefully after a short illness Thursday, August 12, 2021 at home surrounded by her loved ones.

Annie retired from teaching after 37 years. She taught 3rd grade for 36 years at Marion Elementary and last year working with the gifted in different schools. The testimony of so many that she was a wonderful teacher. She was a faithful member of Chilhowie Baptist Church.

She was proceeded in death by her loving husband Donald Gillespie; parents, Stover and Juanita Cooper; brother, William Franklin Cooper; nephew, Bradley Barr; grandparents Bill and Dora Queen, and Franklin and Lura Cooper.

Ann is survived by her brothers Jack Cooper (Judy) of Callahan Fla.; Richard Cooper (Sandra) of Newport News, Va.; sister, Brenda Brooks (Daren) of Chilhowie, Va.; brother-in-law, Harold Gillespie (Nellie) of Seven Mile Ford Va.; sister-in-law, Sandra Cooper of Glade Spring, Va.; her namesakes, niece, Tarina Ann Delano (Scott); great-niece, Talli Lee Ann Hygema (Ethan); great-great-niece, Lily Ann all of Callahan, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Jason Cooper (Kristen), Christopher Cooper, all of Newport News, Va., Zoe and Amber Cooper of Dunoon, Scotland, Justin Brooks of Chilhowie, Va., Bruce Barr of Fayetteville, N.C. and Justin Barr (Brandi) of Fort Pierce, Fl; great-nieces and nephews, Dalton, Emily, Garett, Iona, Nathaniel, Kendra, Will, Gavin, Triniti, Landin, Dominic, Montana, Braydon, Ryleigh, Taelyn, and Parker; great-great-nieces and nephews, Lucas Clay, Isabella Grace and Ryder Layne; brothers and sisters of love, Jimmy and Debbie Schwartz, Ricky and Donna Sue Schwartz, all of Marion, Va., Glenn and Shelia Craig of Jacksonville, Fla., and Linda Horne of Seven Mile Ford, Va.; many cousins, neighbors and friends in Marion and Seven Mile Ford;, including special friend, Tammy Debord and special cousin, Lisa Mullinax who helped with Ann’s care.

Thank you to Dr. Jennifer Jonkers and MSA Hospice of Abingdon, Va., especially Laken, Tiffany and Angela for their special care during her illness.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 16, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Pastor Cody Sturgill officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow in Ridgedale Cemetery, 1112 Ridgedale Road, Rich Valley, Va.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Chilhowie Baptist Church, Camp Fund, P.O. Box 838, Chilhowie, Va. 24319 or MSA Hospice, 206 Abingdon Place,  Abingdon, Va. 24211.

To share memories of  Elizabeth Ann Cooper Gillespie, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Ann’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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I just learned today of Ann's death. I remember her with such fondness as we worked from different parts of the state toward improving the public education choices of Virginia's youth through Delta Kappa Gamma. I will miss her though I had not seen Ann in about ten years. My sympathy to all the family, Marilyn Riddle

Marilyn Riddle Aug 19 2021 12:00 AM

Sympathies to Ann's family. She was one of the first ladies I met when I moved here in 2016. She was a member of Ridgedale United Methodist Church here in rich valley. She made me feel welcome and included me in readings for service. Very sweet lady who will be missed by all

Patty youngman Aug 15 2021 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to learn of Ann's passing. We were neighbors and playmates for several years on Scratch Gravel Road. We only saw each other in passing in our busy adulthood always greeted by a beautiful smile. Prayers for the family and all her friends.

Frances Bales Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

Ann was such a kind person, a very dedicated teacher, and a strong Christian lady. She gave 100% in everything she did. She will certainly be terribly missed, but I'm sure everyone who knew Ann will have their own special memory that will make them smile. Sincere condolences to Anns family, and prayers for your healing and comfort.

Jean Weaver Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Ann. My thoughts and prayers are with all her family.

Greta Schwartz Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

Thinking of you in my thoughts and prayers. I enjoying working along with Ann for many years at Marion Primary School. She took such endless joy in her students and she touched many childrens lives.

Sandra Bowman Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Elizabeth Cooper Gillespie

Sandra Bowman Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

Ann is now in the hands of God! Such a sweet lady! Loved going to visit her. Prayers for you all

Debbie Jones Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Elizabeth Cooper Gillespie

Debbie Jones Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

I had often wondered how she was doing. She and Don were so nice to me. I just asked Diane Fannin about her last Sunday. Many prayers for their friends and family.

Julie Snider Aug 14 2021 12:00 AM

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