Allyson Devi Gillette

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Allyson Devi Gillette, 52, of Windsor Locks, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

Born in Nuremberg, Germany, daughter of David A. Gillette and Lynne (Farley) Gillette, both of Windsor. She was raised in Windsor, graduated from Windsor High School in 1984, and received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Keene State College. A lifelong member of the First Church in Windsor, her passion for caring for others led her to many volunteer activities throughout her life. She volunteered at Silver Lake Conference Center, served as a Deacon at First Church, and worked for the Windsor Independent Living Association and HARC for many years. Professionally she worked as a disability claims analyst. She was a devoted single mother. Allyson was beloved by so many people. She was kind, conscientious, and those who knew her understood what a genuinely good person she was. Her loss will be deeply felt by her family and the myriad of communities she was a part of, including First Church, Silver Lake, and the local yoga scene. Allyson loved people, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and travel. For the past few years, she fought a brave and difficult battle against depression and her family is grateful for how hard she tried to overcome it.

Besides her parents, she leaves her son, Aran C. Gillette of Windsor Locks; her sister, Dana L. Gillette and her wife, Camille M. Gagliardi, of Florence, Massachusetts; her stepmother, Ruth Fahrbach of Windsor; nieces and nephew, Meg, Nicky, Kelsey, Devon, Kristina, Tiffany, Melissa, and Stacie; aunts and uncles, Kathy and Ed Richardson, Elaine and William Fearnside, Robert and Marcia Gillette; cousins, Sara, Kelly, John, Emily, Jamie, and Robin; Aran's godmothers, Julie Elias and Tricia Jeffery; family members, Jeffrey and Carol Hill, Cindy Nichtern, Donna Barns, Donald Fahrbach and Danielle Korona; godchildren, Ben and Becca Fraley; and all of you precious to her, you know who you are. She was predeceased by her grandparents; and stepfather, George Hill.

Allyson will always be remembered for her deep appreciation for others and God's natural world.

A memorial service to celebrate her life of giving will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m. at the First Church in Windsor, Palisado Avenue, Windsor, with reception to follow. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family asks you to honor her memory by spending more time being present with those that you love, making a practice of opening your heart and your mind, and to be kind and forgiving to yourself and others. Allyson shone a bright light and the world will be less bright unless we pass that light forward. Gifts in her memory may be made to Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, the summer camp Allyson attended as a child and where she volunteered throughout her life.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Sept. 11 to Sept. 15, 2018