RIP Nancy Porter Gillespie

© Bruce Allen

Grateful No Matter What

March 19,1952 – August 17, 2021

Nancy Gillespie, 69, died peacefully at St. Vincent Hospice on August 17. She was born in Woodbury, New Jersey, and was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Elizabeth (Harper) Gillespie. She is survived by a sister, Mary (Volk), Audubon, PA, brother Ed Gillespie, Glade Valley, NC, husband Bruce Allen, daughters Liz (Pearce), Seattle, WA, Ginger (Edwards), Carmel, IN and Cate (Collins), Chicago, IL and her six grandchildren, upon whom she doted. She will be greatly missed.

Nancy graduated from high school in Woodbury, NJ in 1970 and attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, graduating in 1974. She and Bruce were married in 1975. Daughter Liz was born in 1977, Ginger in 1980 and Cate in 1984. Nancy spent a dozen years as a full-time mom before re-entering the workforce in 1990. She worked at both Carmel High School and the Carmel Public Library and ended her career at OneAmerica as an Organizational Development leader.

After retiring in 2016, Nancy continued to pursue her love of travel, visiting Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona, Mackinac Island, New York City, Seattle, New England and the Atlantic coast. During this same period she beat all the odds in a battle against Stage IV pancreatic cancer. She credited the combined prayers of her family, friends and complete strangers for her lengthy survival. She was an avid reader, loved her book club members, and stayed in close touch with old friends from Woodbury, Cincinnati, and Annapolis. She loved birds, especially hummingbirds and cardinals, and beaches.

Nancy was an active member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish for 37 years, volunteering for and leading a host of ministries over that time. A calling and eulogy will be held in the church narthex (14598 Oak Ridge Rd, Carmel) on Thursday, August 19, 2021, from 6 to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 20 beginning at 10 am. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Peace cemetery (9001 Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis). In lieu of flowers, the family requests your support of pancreatic cancer research through donations to The Lustgarten Foundation.

    Nancy2007-12x12in            Nancy Gillespie, circa 2007. Photo by Douglas Pearce

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19 Responses to “RIP Nancy Porter Gillespie”

  1. dmensch Says:

    Very sorry for your loss Bruce. Sounds like a long, fruitful, and happy marriage.

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  2. Allison Sullivan Says:

    Bruce, this is so sad. She was beautiful and she sounds like an amazing person.

    Hugs to you and your family.


  3. Old MOron Says:

    Bruce, your blog is ripe with expert analysis and irreverent fun.
    But to every thing there is a season.
    And now is a season for condolences.
    I’m sorry for your loss.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Starmag Says:

    She must have been great, she chose you.


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  5. Mad4TheCrest Says:

    My condolences on the passing of your Dear Wife, Bruce. May she Rest In Peace.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. paulevalence Says:

    Bruce, I am so sorry for your loss. 69 years is not enough time on this bountiful earth, but from what you wrote is appears that she made the most of the time she had. The world will never be the same without your soulmate but I’m sure she will want you to continue the journey ahead. I’m glad to hear she passed in peace, and that you were able to say goodbye. Please continue spreading the joy and laughs that attracted her to you and kept her by your side for 46+ years.

    May her legacy live on through her daughters and grandchildren. As I write this now, there is a hummingbird fluttering between flowers outside my window.

    fuck cancer.

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  7. Anonymous Says:

    So sorry for your loss Bruce, I really don’t know what to say. It really saddens me to learn this kind of news.

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  8. Eduardo González Says:

    So sory for your loss Bruce. It really saddens me to learn or read this kind of news. I’m lost for words, don’t know what to say…

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Konstantin Says:

    Sincere condolences, Bruce!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Buzz Says:

    So sorry Bruce. Prayers for you and your family.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Anonymous Says:

    My heartfelt condolences Bruce. Thank you for managing to

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  12. Swiss Aussie Says:

    Heartfelt condolences Bruce!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Ozzy Mick Says:

    My condolences to you, Bruce, and your family.
    God bless
    Ozzy Mick

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  14. sillypickle7 Says:

    Having lost my father to cancer almost 3 years ago, I feel it every time someone else passes. My sincere condolences to you and your family. She is no longer suffering and is in a much greater place than we can ever imagine.

    Take all the time you need, I’ll be here awaiting your return whenever you’re ready. Thank you as ever for your excellent coverage of the sport we all love to follow!

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  15. Vrooom Says:

    So, so sorry Bruce. Hope the pain is soon replaced by warm memories. Motorcycle racing seems so trivial in comparison to one’s life love. Take it easy, we’ll be here when you’re ready to come back. We’re thinking of you.

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  16. Mike Says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family Bruce, you are not alone. Take care brother.

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  17. Bruce Allen Says:

    Fellas (no Allison) I need y’all to quit being so FUCKING NICE to me and go back to the way you used to be! I’m much more comfortable with fact-checking than I am with sympathy. I will miss the hell out of her. I will move on.


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