Kathleen "Kathi" Gillespie Bayne
The daughter of Barbara Cloer, of Mountain City, Ga. and the late Don Gillespie, she is survived by her adoring husband, Nick; loving daughter, Hannah; devoted and beloved brother, Danny Gillespie, of Franklin, N.C., and the many relatives and friends who so graciously touched her life.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronnie Gillespie, whom she loved dearly.
An horticulturalist and interiorscape designer, she founded Botanical Environments, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. in 1991, serving as president until her passing.
In her last weeks, having fought so courageously for so long, she shared a very special blessing to be shared with family and friends. "Life is so fleeting that it is sometimes easy to allow our destinies to become engulfed by daily life and careers without recognizing that life will end one day. We don't know when that one day will be our last.
"Let everyone you love know how special they are and how much you care about them. Remember you reap what you plant. What you put into the lives of others does come back into your own. For me, in reflection of life, it is all so clear my destiny was to be Nick's wife and Hannah's mommy, all else seems to pale in perspective.
"I can only wish for those family and friends I love so dearly, as well as those I've never met, that you each will be blessed to realize your personal destiny – your dream, your purpose, the life you were truly intended to live. Cherish it, live it, and enjoy it now. I was so lucky to have found mine. May you each always know the grace of heart that holds love's infinity."
Her eight year battle for life with courage, love, and kindness has taught all with whom she touched a very special example on living life and finding happiness. To meet her was to love her. Words cannot describe the great earthly void created by her passing, but her strength and spirit remain with us.
A memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at St. Timothy United Methodist Church, 1020 Asheville Highway, in Brevard. Those attending are encouraged to wear bright colorful clothes.
A private family service for family and close friends will be held at the family's Gorda Ruth Chapel on Hickory Knoll near Franklin, with interment to follow in the family cemetery. The date and time will be announced.
Friends and family wishing to pay their respects may contribute to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, 2316 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207.
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Moore Funeral Home & Cremation Services are caring for the family.