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Marguerite “Margo” Gillespie Gilmore, 79, from Bradford, spouse of 58 years to William A. Gilmore Sr. passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 3, 2017 after a courageous three year battle with metastatic cancer.
Margo was born on June 23, 1938 in Andover, to parents Augustina and Donald Gillespie. She was a graduate of Saint Mary’s High School in Lawrence and was a stay at home mother before being employed by Lawrence General Hospital.
In addition to being a longtime resident of Bradford, Margo and William enjoyed 18 winters in Seminole, Fla.
Margo had three children; Attorney Karen M. Dill, of Haverhill, Joanne C. Gilmore, Plaistow, N.H. and Attorney William A. Gilmore Jr. and wife, Kim Williams Gilmore of Haverhill. Margo also had four grandchildren, John P. Dill Jr, Kristine M. Dill, Riley G. Gilmore, and William A. Gilmore III. She was predeceased by her brother, Jackie Gillespie.

Margo (“Meme” to her grandchildren) was proud of her family’s accomplishments and enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s educational and athletic events. She had a green thumb and was a member of area garden clubs. Margo was involved in the Groveland Senior Center, enjoyed fine dining and bargain hunting, antiquing and collecting fine china. She shared her passion for theatre and the arts with her family, who frequently attended musicals with her. Margo was a longtime member of the Haverhill YMCA pool where she had many friends who appreciated her quick wit.
The family would like to thank everyone who assisted in her care, especially her friend Joan Williams who drove her to many appointments.
Margo herself summed up her life best “Please don’t be sad, I’ve had a great life and a great family.”
In accordance with her wishes, there will be a private burial in Spring Grove cemetery, Andover and a memorial Mass will be held Thanksgiving weekend. Donations in her name can be made to the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Rd., #1, Beverly, MA 01915, please reference her name in the memo arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Haverhill and Bradford. To share a memory or for more information, please visit www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published on  September 7, 2017
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