Ellen Joan Gillings

Birth: May 27th, 1932
Death: November 12th, 2017
Age: 85 years

Ellen J. Gillings, age 85, of Sterling, Michigan passed away on November 12, 2017. She was born on May 27, 1932 to Walter and Ann (Stelmach) Federspiel.  Ellen married Harlow E. Gillings in 1958 and enjoyed 57 years together before his death in 2015.  Ellen loved being a teacher and past students still remember her with fondness as “Mrs. Gillings”.  Her long career as a teacher began in 1950 at Townline School in Arenac County, a one room school house, following a year at County Normal.  She completed her education graduating from Eastern Michigan University and enjoyed teaching at Whittemore-Prescott and finally, Standish-Sterling Central.  She was very artistic and enjoyed painting, drawing and today’s intricate coloring books.  She also enjoyed playing cards, doing puzzles, solving word challenges and being amongst friends and family. You could find her sharing her pride of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and their accomplishments with all.


Ellen is survived by her children; Jeffrey Gillings (Dawn Doyle), David (Megan) Gillings; step children, Gary (Barbara) Gillings and Kaye (Roger) Rasbury;  daughter in law, Marcia Gillings; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, brother-in-laws Robert (Connie) Gillings and Richard Gillings, and many nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Robert and Glen Federspiel; brother-in-law William Gillings; sisters-in-law Vernalu Gillings and Helen Gillings


Our family would like to give a special thanks to Carrie, Jessica and the staff of caregivers at Eden Fields in Standish for their friendship and caring of Ellen and the socialization with peers and activities it allowed her to enjoy.   Also, a special thanks to her Hospice Nurse, Tammy Gillard, who was on call for her at all times.

Per Ellen’s wishes, cremation has taken place with interment to be at Clayton Township Cemetery.  A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11 am at the Lee Ramsay Funeral Home - STANDISH CHAPEL.  The family will greet family and friends from 10 am till time of service at 11 am.  A Memorial luncheon will be held following the service,  12:30am – 2:30pm at the Clayton Township Hall.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Lee Ramsay Funeral Home – STANDISH CHAPEL, Standish, Michigan.


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