Shelva J. Gillette, 82, Dexter

DEXTER, NY —  Shelva J. Gillette, Dexter, passed away at home peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. She was 82 years old.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of her family.

Born Jan. 14, 1939, in Hammond, a daughter to Purely and Dora (Yerdon) Simpson, she was educated locally. She worked as a homemaker to her family.

Shelva enjoyed reading books, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her partner of 14 years, Malcolm J. Jock; four daughters, Debbie and James Frizzell of Castorland, Shirley J. Jackson of Watertown, Patti Hoppel of Carthage, Nancy and Frank Massa of Plessis; two sons, Joseph C. Gillette and partner Sue of Watertown, Shawn and Sheree Gillette of Evans Mills. She is also survived by her brother, Wendell (Joann) Yerdon of Cape Vincent; and several grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by three brothers and a sister.

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Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.