Helen Beatrice Gillis passed from this life Wednesday morning, March 14, 2007 in Webster.
Born September 9, 1916 in Pensacola, FL, Ms. Gillis had been a resident of Santa Fe for 31 years, previously of Houston and Pensacola, FL and had been employed as a hospitality hostess with the Houston Visitors and Convention Center for many years. Ms. Gillis had been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, National Council of Catholic Women, Catholic Youth Organization, Historical Society in Pensacola, Daughters of the Confederates and the Santa Fe Historical Society. She also had been a volunteer worker at the Santa Fe Library and Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Robert Gillis; son, William Joseph Gillis; parents, Charles and Sarah (Kelley) Wills; brothers, Charles and Richard Wills; sisters, Lillian Conran, Lorna Whiterden.
Survivors include her sons, Ted Gillis and wife, Susie of Santa Fe, Dan Gillis of Sealy; daughter, Frances Gillis of Billings, MT; grandchildren, Melissa, Alicia and Robert Gillis.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2007, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Reverend John Kappe, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.
Vigil Services will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Hayes Funeral Home with Sister Mary Anne Hollmann officiating.
Friends may call from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 10412 Highway 6, (409) 925-3501.
Those who wish may make memorials in the form of donations to the charity of their choice. www.hayesfuneralhome.com