Mary V. Gillette passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at her home in Sparks, Nev. She was born Aug. 9, 1914 in Dayton, Nev. to Guilio and Theresa Teglia. Mary was the last of five children.
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During her career, Mary worked for what was then the Reno Evening Gazette in the editorial department and as the composing room proofreader for the Gazette and Journal. She was later on the staff of the Sparks Tribune as a feature writer and photographer.
Mary had a lifelong commitment to protecting the environment from the depredations of development, with a special interest in the protection of water resources. She also had an intense interest in the plight of Native Americans in Nevada. She was an ardent participant in political affairs and was active in the Republican Party for many years.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas M. Gillette, who passed away in 1972. She is survived by her two sons, Richard M. (Susan Hinkins) Gillette of Bozeman, and T. Randy (Bambi) Gillette of Chandler, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Chris (Bonnie) Gillette of Bozeman, Kenneth Gillette of Bozeman, Lisa Gillette of Bozeman, Kristen (Chris) Doris of Sparks, and Gabrielle (Marc) Totton of Sparks; and six great-grandchildren, including Annie Gillette of Bozeman.
There will be a commemoration of the life of Mary Gillette sometime in August 2012, in Sparks. Donations in her name may be made to the Circle of Life Hospice, 1575 Delucchi Lane, Suite 214, Reno, Nevada 89502, or to the
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 4, 2012