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Sally Eileen Gillespie

August 5, 1954 ~ May 30, 2021 (age 66)



Of Arlington, VA, passed away peacefully after a long hospitalization. Cherished sister of Bonnie F. O’Neill of Arlington, VA; Robert W. Gillespie, Jr. (Laurette) of Woodbridge, VA; Mark Gillespie of Indianapolis, IN; and the late Margaret Yawkey (Thomas) of State College, PA. Daughter of the late Robert W. Gillespie, Sr. and Margaret (Peggy) O’Neill Gillespie of McMurray, PA. Treasured aunt (and Mom #2) of Brenna K. Carlson (Dale) of Ellicott City, MD. Beloved aunt of Jennifer Gillespie Nguyen (Thong) of Pinehurst, NC; Robert M. Gillespie (Donel) of Manassas, VA; Zachary Gillespie (Dina) of Columbus, OH; Brian Yawkey (Jessica) and Shaun Yawkey of Laurel, MD. Loving great aunt of Alexander, Elizabeth, and William Nguyen; Samantha (SEG 2), Robby, and Marek Gillespie; and Joe, Noah, and George Gillespie. Special cousin of Joyce Linza (Angelo) of Pittsburgh, PA.

Sally was a 1972 graduate of Peters Township High School in McMurrary, PA; 1976 graduate of Maryville College in Maryville, TN; and received an M.B.A. in 1982 from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. At the time of her death, she was an IT project manager for SiriusXM Radio in Washington, DC. She was a long-time member of the Washington National Cathedral Choral Society.

Sally loved family, friends, music, traveling, and reading. She leaves behind many dear friends and broken-hearted family who will miss her beautiful spirit.

A memorial service to celebrate Sally’s life will be held at 1 p.m. August 28, 2021 at the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Planned Parenthood Federation of America (, 1-800-430-4907); or the Washington National Cathedral (, 1-800-231-6491).

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Memorial Service
August 28, 2021

1:00 PM
Everly Wheatley Funeral Home
1500 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302

This event will be live-streamed

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