Jean P. Gilchrist, 88, of Quincy, passed away at 7:38 p.m. Monday (September 9, 2019) in her home.
Born September 25, 1930 in Jacksonville, Illinois, Jean was the daughter of Everett and Ellen Cruzan Patterson. She married Dr. Don K. Gilchrist on August 21, 1954 in Winchester, Illinois. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2008.
Jean was a member of Vermont Street United Methodist Church where she was an active volunteer for anything that was needed. She was a member and past president of United Methodist Women, a member of PEO Chapter IE and served for many years on the board of directors of the Civic Music Association.
Jean was a devoted to her family and cherished the time she shared with them.
Jean was employed for a doctor's office in Chicago while her husband, Don was in Medical School. After the family settled in Quincy, Jean became Quincy's first Bridal Consultant and helped coordinate numerous weddings over the years.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Gilchrist of LaFayette, LA and John Gilchrist (Stacy) of Louisville, KY; a daughter, Ann Hicks (Butch) of Marseilles, IL; a son in law, Scott McFarland of Knoxville, TN; seven grandchildren, Jennifer McCaughey (Eric) of Quincy, Zachary Gilchrist of Springfield, IL, Adrienne Walmsley (Dan) of St. Charles, MO, Ian McFarland (Kara) of Knoxville, TN, Madeline Clark (Mitchell) of Chattanooga, TN, Mitchell Gilchrist and Grant Gilchrist both of Louisville, KY; five great-grandchildren, SPC Jerid McCaughey 101st Airborne Division, Lilly McCaughey, Katie McCaughey, Jackson Gilchrist and Norah Walmsley; a brother, Everett "Bud" Patterson (Jolene) of Key West, FL; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Gilchrist was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. Don Gilchrist; a daughter, Patti McFarland; and a sister, Betty McLaughlin (Donald).
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in Vermont Street United Methodist Church with Chaplain Jerry Edison officiating. Burial will be in Quincy Memorial Park.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and Friday morning from 10:00 until the time of services at Vermont Street United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Vermont Street United Methodist Church.
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