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Rita "Marlene" Morelock Gillette


Rita “Marlene” Morelock Gillette, 77, passed away peacefully at Johnson City Medical Center on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones.

Marlene was born on March 26, 1945, to the late James R. Morelock (Ike) and Hazel Deatherage Morelock. Marlene graduated from Sulphur Springs High School. She was a member of Glenwood Union Baptist Church. She loved attending church there and dearly loved all the people. She was a caregiver most of her life and was the very best at her profession. She loved each of her patients as if they were her own family. She was the most charitable person, always giving her time, money, and love to anyone in need. She was a surrogate mom, grandmother to so many of her children’s friends and so many children where she always lived. Her children and grandchildren were her world, and she gave 100% to being their mom and mammaw. She loved reading, laughing, music, dancing, and mostly just loved life and everyone she met. She had so many friends, and never knew a stranger. She was one of a kind and will forever be missed by so many. She was unforgettable.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Morelock and nephew, David Anderson. Those left behind to cherish her memory include: sisters, Judy Milhorn and husband Powell, Mary Lee Gregg and the late Jerry Gregg, her son, Jimmy Holtsclaw, Jr., daughter, Lori Holtsclaw Byrd and husband Tim; daughter, Amy R. Gillette; grandchildren, Jonathan Holtsclaw, Justin Holtsclaw and wife Jessica, Mistyblu Waddell, Brittany Byrd Johnson and husband Chase, Natalie Byrd and Ethan Hannah, along with several precious great grandchildren, nieces and many cousins.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 pm Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 4:30 pm at Fairview Cemetery, 878 TN-Hwy. 81 N. Jonesborough, TN, with Rev. Scott Trent officiating.

Pallbearers will be family & friends.

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Virginia Bowers Kennedy
Marlene was a kind and loving caregiver for my mother, Mrs. Charlotte Bowers, for several years. Her cheerful spirit always brough a smile. It was always a joy to run into her occasionally after my mother died (at age 104), and to receive a hug and catch up on news about our family. We knew how much she loved her family. Deepest sympathy to you all.
Sharma Clonce Sherbank
Sending love and prayers to Marlene’s cherished family and friends. I know God’s loving arms are holding her closely now as he did in her cherished life.
Stellamae Coffey turnmire-lewis
Lori and Jimmy I am sorry about your mom passed away my prayers r with u during this time may God continue be with u every day love u Stella