Carol Sue Gilliland (Baxter), 79, of The Villages, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 7, 2020.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Manatee Recreation Center, 1512 Hillsborough Trail, The Villages, Florida 32162 on March 20th, 2021 from 12:30PM to 4:30PM.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to the Girl Scout Alumnae of The Villages via PayPal at https://paypal.me/GirlScoutAlumnae?locale.x=en_US.
Sue was born May 29th 1941 in Van Wert, Ohio, the daughter of the late Carl and Dolly Baxter. On July 11th, 1959 she married her high school sweetheart and soul mate Robert (Bob) Gilliland in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. With her fierce determination, passion for living and drive Sue was the consummate wife, mother and homemaker raising two wonderful children while pursuing multiple business ventures with her devoted husband. Bob, after leaving corporate America, side by side with Sue, over the years, successfully launched themselves into several and varied entrepreneurial enterprises, each one more successful than the previous, creating a dream life for the both of them. All the while, she continued to coordinate and inspire the lives of those around her to follow her lead in pursuing their own dreams with the same passion.
A long-time resident of Oak Brook, Western Springs and Lemont, Illinois, Sue and Bob retired to The Villages, in Florida, and continued to live an incredibly non-stop, full and active life. Sue’s continued passion for life and many activities included competitive games of many types and variety, including golf, a non-stop social life in which she was the consummate hostess and became a trophied, champion Pickle Ball player, which she was playing until the time she was hospitalized for the last time. Sue’s energy for life never stopped and all around her were privileged to have shared her incredible smile, warm heart and straight forward, full steam ahead approach to life.
Survivors include: Robert Gilliland, Husband; Mary Allen, Sister; Cindy Silvey, Daughter; Brent Gilliland, Son; Cody Strait, Grandson; Cayley Strait, Granddaughter; Amanda Gilliland, Granddaughter; Samantha Gilliland, Granddaughter.
Sue felt that Bob and family were the most important parts of her life and made her journey exciting and rewarding. They were blessed with unconditional love and devotion to one another. Leading us by example, Sue taught us to cherish family (and friends) and to always be there for each other for whatever was needed.
Be confident that Sue is home, no longer in pain, dwelling in the shelter of the Lord. May we all honor her legacy by living life with the same energy, warmth and passion