Lula Gillispie age 98, passed away on August 18, 2021. She was born November 1, 1922 to a large family on a small farm in Frogtown, Kentucky to the late Lonnie Beatty and Georgetta Waters Beatty. She confessed her faith in Christ at age 17 and was baptized into the fellowship of New Vine Baptist Church in Fort Spring, Kentucky. She was united in holy matrimony to Goodloe Gillispie Sr. on March 20, 1946 and the family settled in Dayton in 1957.
Lula was a founding member of Revelation Missionary Baptist Church where she faithfully served many roles including Usher, Trustee and many other leadership positions. She was very active in her community and neighborhood including funding raising for charitable causes, spending time at the senior citizens center, and helping neighbors.
She maintained a healthy lifestyle for 98 years with lengthy daily walks throughout the Westwood neighborhood and participated in wellness walks throughout the community. She loved gardening, maintaining beautiful flowers in her yard as well as her children’s homes. She loved cooking and baking, was known for making many wonderful dishes for family gatherings and to share with neighbors and was always trying out new recipes. Her positive, upbeat adventurous spirit will be missed by all, but her legacy will live on through the examples she set.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Goodloe Gillispie, her parents and 12 of her siblings in Lexington, Kentucky. She leaves to cherish her memory one sister Alice Golden; four children, Jacqueline Graham (David), William (Linda), Goodloe Jr. (Toni), all of Dayton; and Eric Gillispie (Patricia) of Indianapolis; five grandchildren, Nicole Stephens of Cincinnati, Tanika Jackson (John) of Dayton, Hasani Gillispie (Kamilah) of Cincinnati, Devin Gillispie (Misa) of Okinawa, Japan, William Patrick Gillispie of New Orleans, and eight great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
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