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Shirley L. (Reitz) Gilmore

January 18, 1936 ~ October 8, 2018 (age 82)

Shirley L. Gilmore, 82, of Kittanning Hollow Rd., East Brady, Sugarcreek Twp., Armstrong Co., entered into her heavenly reward early Monday morning, October 8, 2018 while surrounded by her children at Clarion Hospital.

Shirley was born in Sandy Hollow, near Rimersburg on January 18, 1936.  She was the daughter of the late Harry F. and Bernice Burford Reitz and was raised by her older sister and brother-in-law, Millie and John Wiles.

She was a 1954 graduate of East Brady High School and was a long time active member of St. Paul’s Community Church in Chicora.   She was a homemaker and especially enjoyed the company of her family.  In her earlier years she taught Sunday School and sang in the church choir.  Mrs. Gilmore enjoyed oil painting, crossword puzzles, was an avid reader, and most recently enjoyed watching Ninja Warriors on t.v., especially cheering on the lady warriors.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Allan Gilmore, whom she married on June 18, 1955.  She was a loving and supportive Army wife for 22 years.

Also surviving are three children, Kim Patsy and her husband, Dave, of East Brady, Kay Griffiths and her husband, Willis, of Chicora, and Ray “Ike” Gilmore of Bruin; seven grandchildren, Cara Patsy of Youngstown, OH, Brady Patsy of Pittsburgh, Hailey Patsy of East Brady, Heather Powers and her husband, Steve, of Chicora, Bradley Griffiths of Chicora, Bryce Gilmore and his wife, Megan and Kylee Bell  and her husband, Shayne, all of Butler; six great grandchildren, Caroline Patsy, Kaiden Powers, Cambree Powers, Zachary Gilmore, Zander Gilmore, and Myles Bell, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Ellis Reitz and five sisters, Ruby Wray, Geraldine Gilmore, Dorothy Wiles, Millie Wiles, and Elizabeth “Betty” Crosbie; two nephews, Richard Gilmore and Tim Wiles, with whom she was raised; a niece, Mary Lou Brinkley, as well as a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Rd., Chicora from 1 – 3 and 6 – 8 Thursday and from 12 – 1 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Community Church, 2167 Rt. 268, Chicora where a funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Jonathan J. Jensen, church pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Community Church or Wounded Warriors Project.  For additional information or to send a condolence, please visit


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