Mary Alice Gillis

Obituary of Mary Alice L. Gillis

Mary Alice L. Gillis died peacefully in her Easton home surrounded by her loving family on June 22, 2020 following a long illness at the age of 88. She leaves behind her husband of 64 years, Joseph E. Gillis Jr. She was the loving mother to Cathleen (Donald) Kessler of Groton, MA and Joseph Gillis of Stratford, CT. She was affectionately known as “Mimi” to her 4 grandchildren, Travis Kessler, Nicole Kessler, Elena Gillis and Alesia Gillis. Mary Alice was born on December 27, 1931 at Mary McClellan Hospital in Cambridge, NY to the late Alice C. Lundberg and Elmer B. Lundberg of Easton. She was the sister of the late Elma B. Lundberg. She attended Greenwich High School and graduated in 1949. As a lifelong resident of Easton, Mary Alice worked as a librarian at the Easton Library for many years and helped oversee its expansion in the 1990’s. She was a member of the Easton United Methodist Church and attended regularly until her health declined. Mary Alice’s favorite pastimes were gardening, collecting antiques, and listening to country music. Over the years, she adopted many cats and two dogs whom she loved dearly. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with friends and family. She cherished her time with her children and grandchildren, who will carry with them fond memories of “Mimi’s House” forever. A graveside service will be held at the Easton Rural Cemetery for friends and family on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:30am.