Marjorie C. Gillespie

ENID, Okla. — Marjorie C. Gillespie, 95, of Enid, Oklahoma, formerly of St. Paul, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma.

Marjorie Christina Sevart was born on March 11, 1926, to Henry E. and Cecelia (Richards) Sevart in St. Paul. As a young girl, she grew up and attended school in St. Paul, graduating from St. Francis High School. 

Following high school, Marjorie worked at the Bank of Erie, the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant and the Hallmark plant in Parsons for nine years.

On Oct. 1, 1953, she and Alvin Eugene “Gene” Gillespie were united in marriage at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. The couple moved to Wichita in 1954 and then later to Merriam. In 2009, the couple moved to Enid, Oklahoma, where she had lived since.

She was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Enid and the Altar Guild there. Over the years, Marjorie volunteered for various charitable organizations. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, canning, watching EWTN and listening to music. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family, and she enjoyed printing pictures for them.

Survivors include a daughter, Margene Burnham and her husband, Gene, of Pond Creek, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Sheldon Burnham of Dallas, Samuel Burnham of Ridge Crest, California, Bret Burnham and his wife, Marcie, of Yukon, Oklahoma, and Jin Yu Burnham, Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, of Alton, Illinois; and two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Kinsley Burnham

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Gillespie, on Jan. 18, 2015; a daughter, Janeen Gillespie, on Feb. 17, 2000; six brothers; and two sisters.

The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery in St. Paul. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends following the rosary. Friends may call at the funeral home after 9 a.m. Tuesday to sign the register. 

The rosary and the funeral Mass can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.

Memorials are suggested to St. Francis Catholic Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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