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GillisSarah Joyce Gillis

April 5, 1936 – August 29, 2015


Sarah Joyce Gillis, 79, of Temperance, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Saturday in her daughter’s home.


Friends may call from 3 p.m. until a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. Pam Przybylski, chaplain of Heartland Hospice, will officiate. In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place at Roselawn Memorial Park.


Sarah was born April 5, 1936 in China Grove, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Wallace and Mary Pauline (Lawson) Gillis.


She was a secretary for many years for the Monroe County Probate Court. After moving to Florida she worked in the dialysis unit of the Tampa Veterans Hospital.


Sarah was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening.


She is survived by three children, LouAnn (Larry) Garrett of Temperance, Richard Douglas Sheppard of Middleburg, Florida and John Edward Sheppard of Florida; a brother, John Gillis of North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Jason Preuss, Kyle Kettinger, LeAnn Shaw, Jenny Leimann, Marissa Garrett, Melissa Sheppard, Jesse Sheppard, Eric Alabiso and Tony Sheppard and twelve great grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert Gillis and a sister, Mary Rose Evans.


Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.


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One Response to Sarah Joyce Gillis

  • Joyce Wardrop Daniels says:

    LouAnn and Family,
    Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Another Angel in Heaven to watch over you and your family.

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