Librarian collapses, dies after work

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Linda Gillespie of Rhome worked tirelessly for the town’s small public library for 10 years.

As volunteer, board member and most recently, paid librarian, Gillespie was dedicated to her job and curating the library collection.

After work Wednesday, she suffered a medical emergency that led to her death.

Rhome Fire Department and medics were dispatched about 6:15 p.m. to an injured person call at the library, 265 BC Rhome Ave. Bystanders said a man who lives across the street noticed Gillespie’s car parked at the library after hours and found her unconscious in the vehicle when he went to check on her.

Rhome Police Chief James Rose said Gillespie was slumped in the passenger seat and that it appeared she had been placing items in the car, presumably in preparation to leave, when she collapsed. Gillespie was transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur where she was later pronounced dead by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor.

Acquaintances of Gillespie on scene in Rhome said she had multiple medical issues.

Lynda Green, library board treasurer, said Gillespie was “dedicated to her job and community.”

“If anybody needed help, she was always there,” she said.

Funeral for Gillespie is 3 p.m. Monday, March 24, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel in Colleyville. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23.

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