Gallimore, Irene Hollandsworth

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Geneva Irene Hollandsworth Gallimore (98) of Floyd, passed away peacefully in her home on November 25, 2022. She was born on December 17, 1923, in Indian Valley, Virginia. She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Vinton Gallimore; parents Tazwell and Ocie Hollandsworth; sisters Winnie Dalton, Beulah Quesenberry, Lilas Webb, Nina Browning, Anita Quesenberry, and son in law Earl Aldridge.

Irene is survived by her 7 children Mauyer (Brenda) Gallimore, Lorraine (Mitch) Bissette, Glenn (Betty) Gallimore, Margie (Don) Sabo, Cathy Aldridge, Alvin (Kay) Gallimore, Ronnie (Karen) Gallimore; 12 grandchildren April (Darrell) Hylton, Matthew (Kate) Gallimore, Melanie (Bill) King, Rusty (Robin) Bissette, Richie (Emily) Gallimore, Michael (Laura) Gallimore, Manoca (Brian) Simpkins, Willie (Alisha) Sabo, Chad (Tiffany) Aldridge, Landon (Elizabeth) Aldridge, Amanda (Eric) Janney, and Tyler Gallimore; 27 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren; sisters Vada Cox, Josephine Alderman, Brenda (Russell) Howell, Wanda (Duane) Grubb, Martha (Jimmie) Bower, brother Ren Hollandsworth, brother in law Connie Browning, and many nieces and nephews.

Irene was a kind, sweet, gentle hearted woman who was loved by so many. She had many loves throughout her life such as gardening, quilting, cooking, and reading to name a few. However, there was no greater love than what she held for her husband, children, her ever growing family, and especially her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a devoted church goer, a member of Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren, for over 60 years. Sunday was the day that she held most special because that was the day she could spend inside the house of the Lord giving praise and then return to her own home to cook Sunday dinner for her family which she put so much love into you could taste it in the gravy.

She always looked forward to traveling with her family whether that be with everyone on the annual beach trip or on a Mother’s Day trip with her daughters. The stories alone she could tell from these trips were enough to make the hardest of hearts laugh uncontrollably.

She had a thirst for knowledge. Growing up she could only go through 7th grade in school. When she reached that milestone, she chose to go another year because in her words, “I heard there was going to be a new teacher the next year and I wanted to learn from that teacher, so I repeated the 7th grade!” She also read every day until her sight could no longer provide her with what she needed to see and even then she did her best to find a way to keep that knowledge coming in.

Irene had a gift for touching the lives of everyone she encountered. She had an uncanny ability to find the goodness in all people and would not allow you speak ill of anyone. She also made sure that if you came to visit you were fed or were at least offered something to eat. No one was allowed to leave her house hungry, no arguments. Her love and care extended far beyond her family and she wanted to make sure it was felt.

Therefore, we as a family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to every single person that has sent condolences our way. They have been felt more than you know. We would also like to thank Carilion Clinic Hospice Care and her hospice nurse, Becky Hignutt, for helping take such good care of her. Our lives are forever changed, but we are at peace knowing that we have gained another angel above us.

Funeral services will be Monday November 28, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Eddie Dale Gallimore, Pastor Marvin Wade, and Pastor Richard Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday November 28, 2022 at the Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren from 11 until service time.

Online condolences may be made at Gardner Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at Gardner Funeral Home is serving the family.