Eloise Kathleen Gillette, fondly known as “Weezy,” 71, of Salina, passed away Nov. 5, 2017.
She was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Clayton and Helen Gillette on Aug. 21, 1946. She came to Kansas to attend Central Christian College, and after a brief time in Illinois, has been a Kansas resident ever since.
From her time as an employee of Clubine and Rettele to Stage to Riddle’s Jewelry, Eloise was a dedicated employee whose work ethic was unmatched. Her outgoing and gregarious personality was contagious, and she quickly turned strangers into friends. She loved people and was extremely generous in both gift-giving and helping those in need. She loved traveling, reading, being with family, eating at her favorite restaurants, and laughing.
She is survived by her sisters, Marilyn Odermann, of McPherson, Rosalie (Dave) Jeffery, of Sun City, Arizona; brother, Gaylord (Vicki) Gillette, of McPherson; nephews, Jeffrey (Sue) Odermann, of McPherson, Jason (Erica) Gillette, of Overland Park, Justin (Jessica) Gillette, of Hutchinson; nieces, Shanna (Bryce) Fendall, of McPherson, Rochelle (Kevin) Traub, of Middleville, Michigan, Janel (Jason) Tucker, of Tieton, Washington; and many great-nephews and great-nieces.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and brother-in-law, Ellis Odermann.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Ryan Mortuary with family receiving guests from 4 to 6 p.m.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at Ryan Mortuary. Graveside committal service will be 1 p.m. at McPherson City Cemetery. Eloise loved the color purple, and her family invites you to wear a splash of purple in her honor.
Memorials may be made to the Gillette Scholarship Fund at Central Christian College of Kansas or Callie Cares Foundation in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth St., Salina, Kansas 67401. Seven-year-old Callie was diagnosed with Congenital Spinal Stenosis and is a frequent visitor to Children’s Mercy Hospital. She desires to bless other sick children with Callie’s Care Bags which include fun activities. She has already donated over 300 bags and is in the process of obtaining a 501(c) to keep her dream alive.