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Barbara Ann (Burke) Gillis

Barbara Ann (Burke) Gillis
  • October 23, 1927 - February 11, 2018
  • Needham, Massachusetts

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“Dr. Gillis and Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. Micheal and Donna O'Connell and Family. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Michael and Donna O'Connell - MA

“My condolences to the Gillis family. So many great memories of your mom and the whole family growing up in the neighborhood.Thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Gail DeLeo Parent - Merrimack, NH

“Our sincere sympathy to our cousins at this difficult time. I remember her as a beautiful person inside & out. Our parents thought the world of...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Beth Bowler Smith - Greenville, SC

“Our sincere and prayer filled sympathy to all of Barbara's family on her passing. May she rest in eternal peace with our loving Lord Jesus.Rosemary...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Jim Sullivan - Canton, MA

“That is a beautiful picture and exactly how I see Aunt Barbara in my minds' eye. it has been many years since we Gillis cousins have all been...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Rosemary Gillis Buetikofer - PA

“So sorry for your loss Gary. How lovely to have her service on Valentine's Day. RIP ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Anne Donohue

“Dr Gillis & Toni, Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Barbara was always a joy when I came to the office many years ago. I always...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Ann & Dick Perreault - Littleton, MA

“To the family, may the God of all comfort be with all grieving ones during this time.Porter B. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Please accept our utmost condolences on the passing of such a dear lady. May pleasant memories help to comfort you all during this very difficult...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Elaine and Enrico Schwimmer - MA


Barbara Ann (Burke) Gillis, of Needham, died peacefully on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at her residence at North Hill in Needham. Born and raised in New Bedford, Barbara was the daughter of the late W. Kenneth and Veronica (Corey) Burke. She was a graduate of New Bedford High School and then attended Boston University. Barbara raised her family in Needham and returned to work in 1981 when her son Richard opened his dental practice in Needham and she became his receptionist. Barbara's joy in life was her family which grew significantly with grandchildren and then great grandchildren. For many years she enjoyed living at Charles Court East condominium complex, and in her final two years was a resident of the Memory Care unit, Vista Terrace, at North Hill. Barbara was predeceased by her beloved daughter Margaret "Peggy" Guillet and is survived by her beloved children, Donna and her husband Philip Atwood, Richard, DMD, and his wife Toni-Jane Gillis, Gary and his wife Lisa Gillis, and Nancy and her husband Derek Sanderson, all of Needham, MA. Mother in law of Ned Guillet. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren: Michael, Christopher, and Brendan Atwood, Megan Guillet, Kathryn Guillet Jackel, Maura Guillet Thomas, Richard Gillis, Jr., Nancy Gillis Houston, Lauren Gillis, Audrey Gillis, Michael Sanderson, and Ryan Sanderson. In addition, she leaves 8 great grandchildren: Jack, Isabel, William, Nora, and Teddy Atwood, Greta Thomas, and Colin and Sawyer Gillis. Barbara was the sister of Mary Burke, Kathleen and her husband Thomas Mello, all of Milford and the late Edward and Evelyn Burke, Richard and Patricia Burke, W. Kenneth and Carol Burke. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A family service was held on February 14th. Barbara's family is so thankful for the outstanding and loving care she received at Vista Terrace, North Hill, in Needham. Donations in Barbara's memory may be made to "North Hill Team Member Appreciation" and submitted to: Elizabeth Bachman, Apt. 1304, 865 Central Ave, Needham, MA 02492.

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