Edna Gillan, 97

Edna A. Gillan, 97, of Burr Oak, passed away Thursday afternoon, July 15, 2010, at her home.

She was born June 5, 1913, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Ernest and Angeline (Hunt-Gilbo) Beers.

Edna had resided in the Sturgis and Burr Oak area nearly her whole life.

On Oct. 23, 1930, she married Clarence E. “Jack” Gillan in LaGrange, Ind. He died Nov. 27, 1990.

Edna was proud to be a farm wife and homemaker.

She was a member of the Sturgis Missionary Church and enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting and reading and loved the game Aggravation.

She was an avid reader and had a library in her home of more than 800 books. She will be remembered and admired by many for the active life she lived and her ability to live alone in her home until her death at the age of 97.

She is survived by a brother, Chester “Chuck” Beers of Sturgis; nieces Lola (Floyd) Hodges of Sturgis, Lois Sites of Wolcottville, Ind., Marilyn “Mary Jo” Burton of Missouri, Suzanne (Robert) Jordan of LaGrange, Ind., Donna (Robert) Hagen of Sturgis, Lelah Palmer of Sturgis, Caryl Thompson of Florida and Colleen Perry of Sturgis; and many great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Lana Bell Beers, Myrtle Leiler and Gladys Parsons; and three brothers, Cecil Beers, Clarence Gilbo and Walter Gilbo.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and

6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Edna A. Gillan will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Dale Gerig will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Gillan’s memory consider the Sturgis Missionary Church 67087 M-66, Sturgis, MI 49091, or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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