Edith Gillen

Edith Gillen

Edith Gillen

November 23, 1923

June 11, 2018

Edith Gillen went to her heavenly reward on Monday, June 11. Edith Maxine McClellan Gillen was born in Cunningham, Kansas on the 23rd of November, 1923 to Amy Mae Cady McClellan and Frank Tindle McClellan. She was the fourth child and only girl. She was born on a farm with no indoor facilities and attended school in a one room school house for part of her education. During high school, Edith was a cheerleader and active in the drama club. After high school she earned a scholarship to Sterling Presbyterian College where she pursued a degree in education. Due to the outbreak of World War II, her college career was put on hold when she returned home to help her family; shortly thereafter, she married her college beau, Marion Timothy Gillen, Jr., on June 20, 1942, in her parents’ living room. Edith was a strong, independent woman who spent much of the first years of her married life away from her husband while he fought in WWII and later in the Korean conflict. Like many couples of that time, the Gillens began their family after the war with the birth of their first child, Linda Sue. During this time, Tim worked for the railroad, and the couple lived in Pueblo, Colorado. While in Pueblo the Gillens welcomed their second child, David Timothy. Not long after David’s birth, Tim reenlisted and once again Edith was on her own, this time with two young children. After the Korean conflict Tim continued to serve in the Army, and the family moved to Williamsburg, Virginia. Eventually Tim was sent to Germany, but Edith did not immediately follow as she was “unexpectedly” expecting their third child Edith Jane.

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