Growing up on South 2nd West in Tooele starting in 1927 with family and friends. What an idyllic life back in the day. That is where Lucille Gillespie started life as the daughter of John A. and Lois B Gillespie, sister to Floyd John, cousin to many who were as close as sisters and brothers and aunts and uncles who served as alternate parents. Taking care of the farm animals, watching over Grandma and Grandpa Gillespie next door, family reunions in the back yard and trips up Settlement Canyon. Little did Lucille know at that time how many changes she would be making in her life.
She married Ed Ketker and widened her experiences traveling the military world and living in exotic places far from South 2nd West. Their two children, Fred and Lynne, joined them and took advantage of all the learning possibilities where they lived. Longing for her roots, Lucille returned to Tooele and lived next to and cared for her parents while working at the depot. Somewhere in here she met and married Ellis Christiansen and what a great pair they were until Ellis passed away in 1999. Most of her immediate family had traveled on to greater pastures so Lucille took another leap of faith and moved to Salt Lake to find new people and adventures. She cleverly got herself around town without much help. Her next transition was to live with her step-daughter Janet Peacock in Bountiful. And last, but certainly not least, Lucille moved with her daughter Lynne to bask in the sunshine in Florida where she spent the sunset of her life.
She was the ultimate yarn crafter ever and her afghans are treasured by those who were fortunate to receive them. She was a gracious and elect lady who never judged but instead loved. Her many life experiences and changes never altered the wonderful young girl who grew up on South 2nd West. Her daughter Lynne Jaeger, as well as grandchildren Chris (Amy) and Danielle, are left to mourn. They will comfort and pass on grandma stories to her great-grandchildren Meghan, Benjamin and Shaila, as well as great-greats Ryder and Ila. Ellis’ children, Janet Peacock and Steve Christiansen and their children, also survive and will miss her. Her son Fred precedes her in death.
Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Tooele cemetery where Lucille will be laid to rest among the people she loved. We will wish for perfect Florida weather and no COVID restrictions.