Friday, May 24, 2019

Marie Dodgens-Gillespie

Age: 66 years
A resident of Metropolis, Illinois.

Passed away Friday evening, August 24, 2012, at 6:30 PM at the Metropolis Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Marie was born July 24, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of James & Matilda (Twiley) Long.

Marie is survived by:
Her loving companion for the past 28 years, Douglas Gillespie, of Metropolis, Illinois
Her children – Vincent Dodgens, and his wife Catherine, of Sumpter, Oregon
Sheila Bender, and her husband David, of Sacramento, California
Nicky Dodgens, and his wife Beth, of Starr, South Carolina
Grandchildren –  Misti Dodgens, David William Bender, Josh Dodgens, Jacob Dodgens,
Haley Dodgens, Nicole Dodgens, & Noel Dodgens
2 Brothers – James Long of Anderson, South Carolina
Carl Long of Brunswick, Georgia
A Dear Friend – Wanda Rose of Marion, Illinois

In her youth, Marie had worked as a laborer in a cotton mill.  During her years in California, Marie also worked as a housekeeper in a number of motels.

Marie enjoyed handcrafts, including knitting and needlepoint.  She also loved reading and flowers, especially wildflowers.  Marie had a loving & kind spirit even during difficult circumstances in her life.

A graveside service will be conducted Monday morning, August 27, 2012, at 11 AM at Zion Cemetery, east of Ozark.  Dr. Ed Hollis will officiate.

The family will receive friends Monday morning during a time of visitation at the cemetery from 10:30 AM – 11 AM.

Memorials may be made to the Zion Cemetery Fund, c/o Diane Conover, PO Box 118, New Burnside, Illinois 62967.

To share a memory of Marie or to leave an online message of condolence for her family, please visit

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.

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