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Geraldine "Jerry" Gillis
December 30, 1926 - November 16, 2021
Obituary For Geraldine "Jerry" Gillis
Geraldine “Jerry” (Miller) Gillis, 94, of Peabody and formerly of Lynn, died Tuesday November 16, at the Oakdale Nursing and Rehab Center in West Boylston.
Born in Swampscott on December 30, 1926, Jerry was the daughter of the late Herbert E Miller, Sr. and Mabel E (Bartlett) Miller. She was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of Lynn English High School, class of 1944.
After marrying the late Donald W Gillis, Sr in 1947, Jerry eventually moved to Peabody where she lived for over 60 years. She became a widow at age thirty-nine and determinedly finished raising her 6 children by herself.
Jerry worked as a secretary to support her family, eventually finding her favorite job as secretary for the South Memorial Elementary School in Peabody where she worked for 15 yrs. She was always proud of the accomplishments of “her” South School kids as they moved on into the world.
She loved all Boston sports and could usually be found knitting or crocheting while watching a game, often with members of her large family. She was an avid card player as well. She had a love of dancing and belonged to the Squares in Focus square dancing club in the 1970s. In her later years she loved to watch country and western dancing shows.
Jerry is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Betsy Gillis of Danvers, Richard and Janice Gillis of Franklin, and David and Linda Gillis of Peabody who lived with her and cared for her in her Alden Rd home in her later years, her daughter and son-in-law Jeanne and Peter Borge of West Boylston, and her daughter-in-law Sandra Gillis of Brockton. She also leaves her ten much-loved grandchildren: Scott and Craig Gillis, Kellie Walgreen, Hollie Fritschle, Patty Anastasi, Matthew Gillis, Miki Toth, Ian Gillis, Katie and Andrea Borge, and her eleven great grandchildren: Madison, Scott Jr, Ella, Averie, Bree, Hailey, Diana, Gabby, Luca, Ayden and Hattie. She was predeceased by her son Donald W Gillis Jr, her daughter Margaret Elizabeth “Peggy” Gillis, her brother Herbert E Miller, Jr and her grandson, James Francis Gillis.
A Memorial Funeral Service will be held next year at a date yet to be determined. If so moved, In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701.
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My deepest sympathies to you and yours. Your Mom and I had some great conversations over the years down at the school and other places in our travels around Peabody. May she Rest In Peace.
She was so kind, but when she talked you would always listen, she was like a second mom to me, always enjoyed staying with her when David and Linda would go away on vacation. RIP Ma Barry Taylor
Jerry, was always so kind and helpful to all the students and their parents. She had a nice smile and took the time to talk to me, no matter how busy she may have been. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. The Wynne Family Our four children all went through South Memorial School. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family
As a former student of South School, I want to thank you for sharing your mom with us. Back in the day, she and Mr. Birmingham were a great team and I have loving memories of both of them! Those truly were the best times, although you didn't know it at the time, she was my comfort in a big scary elementary school. Please accept my sincere condolences and I will be thinking of your family during this difficult time.
Danny and family, So sorry for your loss. You were blessed to have her for so long. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy (Cookson) Wade
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