Betty Gillespie

Betty Jane Gillespie, 96, of Baxter and formerly of Staples died August 8, 2020 at her home at Northern Lakes Assisted Living, Baxter. 

In honoring Betty’s wishes there will be no services at this time. 

Betty was born March 31, 1924 in Staples to Elmer and Selma (Swanson) Grant.  She attended Staples schools before moving to the Twin Cities and then to California. Betty was united in marriage to Edward B. Gillespie on August 8, 1951 in Sisseton, South Dakota. After many years of work, she retired as a Comptroller for McDonnell Douglas Aerospace/Boeing Company. In 2000, she moved back to Staples and then to Baxter. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed needlepoint. 

Betty is survived by one brother, LeRoy Grant; one sister, Priscilla Gillespie and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brothers and sisters.

Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin. To leave a message of condolence go to

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