Obituary of Nellie Gillilan
Louise Ream Gillilan, 92, of Gower, Missouri, formerly of Green Ridge, Mo., went to her eternal home early Thursday morning, April 7, 2005, at the Gower Convalescent Center in Gower, Mo. She was born August 25, 1912, in Green Ridge, Mo., and was the second child of Lawrence Larkin Ream and Nelle Mae (Calvert) Ream. Her childhood was spent in Green Ridge, until she left to attend Central College, in Fayette, Mo., traveling back and forth on the Katy Railroad line. At Central, Louise pursued a degree in music and was a charter member of Phi Beta National Music Fraternity. After two years, hard times interrupted her education and Louise returned to her home community where she taught in a rural school for several years, traveling back and forth from school by horse. After completing her college degree, her first position teaching music was at Plattsburg, Missouri, where she assembled the first marching band. In Plattsburg, she met James Orland Gillilan, another young teacher, and they married on June 12, 1938. Louise and Jime were married in a double wedding, with her sister Mary Virginia and Virgil Herrick, at the home of their parents. Most of Jim and Louise's teaching careers were spent with the St. Louis Public Schools and while living in St. Louis, their marriage was blessed with three daughters. Louise was active in her church, serving as choir director for many years. She and Jim retired to Green Ridge, Mo. where they spent some very happy retirement years together until Jim's death April 27, 1987. Louise was a former member of the Green Ridge Presbyterian Church where she had played the organ and piano for many years. She also was a member of the Avondale United Methodist Church, Kansas City, Mo., a member of Chapter BA, PEO, Windsor, Mo., the Green Ridge Garden Club and the Order of Eastern Star. Louise loved music and shared her love and talents in many ways, especially in the music ministry of her churches and various choral groups. Survivors include 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Judy Frame and her husband Richard, Smithville, Mo.; Mary Lue Phillips and her husband Gerald, Bellingham, Washington; Carol Sue Martin and her husband Larry, Jefferson City, Mo.; Grandmother Louise was loved dearly by seven grandchildren, Lori Frame Schneegass and her husband Paul, Liberty, Mo.; Mark Frame and his wife Cathy, Prairie Village, Kansas; Mike Frame and his wife Betsy, Spokane, Washington; Jeffrey Martin and his wife Cathy, Jefferson City, Mo.; Jennifer Ford and her husband Travis, Jefferson City, Missouri; Bryan Phillips and his wife Charissa, Anchorage, Alaska; Lydia Edwards and her husband Nathan, Phoenix, Arizona. Grandmother Louise was also blessed with eleven great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mary Virginia Herrick, Independence, Mo., Betty Jane Purchase and her husband J.L., Green Ridge, Mo. and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside burial services will be Monday, April 11, 11:00 a.m., at the Green Ridge Cemetery, Green Ridge, Mo., with Rev. Thomas Owens, officiating. The family will have a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at the Green Ridge Presbyterian Church, also in Green Ridge, Mo., Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Cheryl McCollester, pianist, will accompany Jennifer Ford as she sings "My Jesus, I Love Thee." The congregation will sing the hymns "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" and "He Leadeth Me." The family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Louise to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor, Mo.