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DWIGHT — Judy Ann Gillespie, 68, of Dwight, lost her year-long battle with acute myeloid leukemia Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2017) at her home surrounded by her family.

According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and a remembrance dinner will be held at a later date. Memorials in Judy’s honor may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice. Hager Memorial Home, Dwight, is in charge of arrangements.

Judy was born April 4, 1948, in Normal, a daughter of Peter and Betty Ploense Klein. She married Gary Gillespie on Dec. 18, 1971, in Bloomington. They were married for 45 years, and he survives in Dwight.

She is also survived by her mother, Betty Klein, Bloomington; her daughter, Michele (Mark) Nothdorf, Wonder Lake; her son, Bryan (Nikki) Gillespie, Scottsdale, Ariz.; sister, Joyce Phillips, New River, Ariz.; grandchildren, Elijah and Erin Nothdorf and Skyla and Hudson Gillespie; a host of loving and dedicated friends; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Klein.

She attended Normal community schools, graduating from Normal Community High School in 1966. Judy met Gary while attending Illinois State University, where she graduated with a degree in secondary education with a major in mathematics. Judy taught mathematics at Dwight Township High School, Reddick High and Hersher High from 1970 to 2007, touching the lives of more than two generations of young people.

Judy loved to travel and had visited all 50 states as well as 12 foreign countries. She was very active in Junior Women’s Club, Dwight Historical Society, Art Institute, as well as volunteering at the Route 66 stop in Dwight and the Dwight Historical Museum. She enjoyed golfing, playing bridge and working in her gardens.

The guestbook may be signed and condolences may be left for Judy’s family at www.hagermemorial.com.

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