Nellie C. Gillen

Nellie C. (Thomas) Gillen passed away on Sunday September 7, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence with her husband and grandson at her side when she passed into God's arms. She was the cherished wife of William, mother of Kapu-lannie Santos, and beloved grandmother of William Lathen-Lopez. Know for her love of music, and great cooking we will miss your intellect, beauty, humor, non-judgmental counsel, devotion, fierce loyalty, and the selfless absolute love you gave each of us. At Nellie's regrets funeral and burial services will be private. Memorial contributions if desired can be made to Crossroads Rhode Island 160 Broad Street Providence, RI 02903.

"Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality."
Emily Dickenson

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Marion Nogler - 09/10/2014

Dear Bill,
So sorry for your loss. May God Bless you and your family at this time.

Susan and Anthony DeFusco - 09/10/2014

Dear Bill and William, please accept our sincere condolences over the loss of Nellie. We were just talking about you all this past weekend and I was so saddened to hear that Nellie passed away when you came into the drum shop on Monday. She was a wonderful woman so kind and sweet. May you find peace in the fact that she has left you with some beautiful memories that will never leave your heart. Love IS truly immortal. May she rest in peace. Susan and Anthony DeFusco

Elaine Taylor - 09/10/2014

My prayers and God's Blessing's to Nellie's family and friends. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. She is a beautiful person who will never be forgotten. It was certainly my pleasure to have met her here at the VA. Let the beautiful, loving memories of your live's together with Nellie fill your hearts always and forever. Elaine

Diane Loveless - 09/10/2014

My thoughts and prayers are with Nellie's family. I worked with Nellie at the VA and she was such a wonderful person. She was always willing to help and could always be counted on. It was a pleasure to have known her and she will be missed.

shirley garrido - 09/10/2014

Dear Bill & William
There are no words to express how sad I feel at the loss of Nellie. May you find peace.

Joyce Oakes - 09/10/2014

Bill and William, Johnny and I are so sorry for Nellie's passing. She was a beautiful person, inside and out. We are sending you hugs and prayers.

Kathy Gillen - 09/10/2014

Bill and family

Sorry to hear about Nellie's passing and I hope a lifetime of good memories ease the pain in your hearts.

Shirley White - 09/10/2014

Dear Bill,My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry for your loss.May god bless you and your family.

Maureen Gillen Salzillo - 09/10/2014

Lani, Bill & William,
I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. I will treasure the beautiful memories I have of Auntie Nellie laughing and smiling...she was a sweet, kind and loving woman. May she rest in peace.
Maureen Gillen Salzillo

Jerry and Rebecca Gillen - 09/10/2014

Uncle Bill, And Family
We are saddened to hear of Auntie Nellie's passing. I remember her as a happy spirited woman who brought joy to all those around her. May she rest in peace. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Dianne Pinderhughes - 09/11/2014

Dear Bill
I am very sorry to hear that Nellie has passed on. She and Beverly Wiley were the cousins we(my sister Gayle and I) got to know best when our parents brought us to Rhode Islands in the summers many years ago. We got together a couple of times in recent years. I am very sorry for your loss.

Andrea Masse - 09/11/2014

I was struck with instant sadness when I heard of the passing of Nellie! She was my buddy here at the VA. I would always stop in to sit with her knowing that we would have a good laugh together. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

Karin Halvorson - 09/11/2014

Nellie always had a smile for me. We became quite close when I was a fellow at Brown, especially sharing secrets behind closed doors. We had mutual love for the arts and kept trying to make plans to see a play together. Her loss is felt miles away. My deepest condolences to you all. I know every time I go to the theatre now, she will be watching with me.

Virginia and John Hazian - 09/11/2014

Dear Bill, we were sorry to hear of the passing of your wife Nellie. John misses you and thinks about you a lot. I know this is a difficult time for you and only time helps heal the loss. We will keep you in our prayers.

Donna Golomboski - 09/11/2014

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Nellie. She was a great person and I will truly miss her. It was a pleasure to work with Nellie at the VA. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this very difficult time.

Patricia Napolitano - 09/11/2014

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Nellie for only a short period of time as I just recently started at the VA but thought of her as a loving, kind and caring woman. My deepest sympathy to you and your family

Anne Williams - 09/11/2014

Shocked to hear of Nellie's passing.She was a great individual and we had many laughs over the phone. She will be sorely missed.

Bill Wiley - 09/12/2014

Dear Bill and Family:
I am deeply saddened to learn of cousin Nellie's passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May the four winds blow her safely home.

Ann Marie Correia - 09/12/2014

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Nellie was a joy to know, always so pleasant and kind. She will be missed. God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow.

Joan Plouff - 09/12/2014

Dear Bill, I'm so sorry to hear of Nellie's passing.I always remember your admiration for her. My prayers are with you Lani and William. I miss the stories about how well he was doing. Keep well Sincerely Joan

Barbara Barry - 09/13/2014

Mr. Gillen and William, I am so sad to hear of Mrs. Gillen's death. I had the pleasure of meeting her only once, at a school function last year, and I liked her right away. May God have brought her to heaven immediately, with all of our dear loved ones. May Our Lord and His Mother comfort you and keep you in their care. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
With love,
Mrs. Barry

Edward J Guadalupe JR - 09/16/2014

My deepest sympathy to Nellie’s family, Nellie was a wonderful friend to me and the rest of the VA Family. I loved having some wonderful conversations with her. She was always an uplifting person to me, if I ever had a difficult day, speaking to Nellie would always make it easier to go on with my day. I’m a better person knowing Nellie. The only issue I had with Nellie is her being a Pittsburg Steeler fan and I being a Patriots fan, we still were friends. I will miss her very much. God Bless,

Stacia Whitman - 09/17/2014

My deepest sympathy to you and your family, you are in my prayers. She was a wonderful person and such a joy to be around, she always made me smile talking to her. She is missed.

Jeanne DeAngelis - 09/18/2014

I worked at the VAMC with Nellie - at one point we shared an office. My sincere condolances to the entire family. She was a lovely, smart, funny, caring, outgoing co-worker and I will think often of her and miss her.

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