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FRAMINGHAM – Sara M. Gillis, 73, a longtime resident of Framingham, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

Born and raised in Winchester, she was the daughter of the late Harriet (Pilkington) Keenan and Herbert Wood.

She was the beloved wife of 50 years to John Gillis of Framingham. 

A graduate of Framingham State College and Northeastern University, Sara worked for many years as a nurse at Framingham Union Hospital.

She was well traveled and enjoyed visiting many places across the globe. She loved the outdoors, especially time spent at the beach, hiking and long walks with her dog. Her most cherished life’s work was her role as a mother and grandmother. 

Besides her husband, Sara is survived by three children, Michael Gillis and Alison MacNeil both of Hopedale and Kevin Gillis of Framingham. She also leaves behind her sister, Martha Trilling of Savannah, GA; three grandchildren, Carolina, Ryan, and Addison as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brothers, Harry and Larry Wood and her son-in-law, John Paul MacNeil. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 1 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Boyle Bros. Funeral Home, 173 Union Avenue 

A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 4:30.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Save the Children, or to MSPCA,

Arrangements under the care of Chesmore Funeral Home.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.