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Nellie Martha Gillison


1921 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Nellie Martha Gillison Obituary
Gillison, Nellie “Nell” Martha; our loving mother; passed away peacefully on May 18, 2014; at Masonic Pathways in Alma. Nell was born on February 7, 1921 in South Pittsburg, TN to Homer and Bertha (Johnson) Merriman, the youngest of five siblings. After graduating from high school, she worked in Mobile, AL and Nashville, TN, helping with the war effort. It was in Nashville, on a blind date that Nell met, the love of her life, Stewart. After six weeks of courtship, they were married on May 15, 1943. After the war Nell and Stewart moved to Sheperd, where Stewart became a partner with Gould Drug Company. She provided love and support to Stewart throughout his career. After nearly 60 years of marriage Stewart predeceased Nell in March 2003. She was also predeceased by two infant children, Richard and Elizabeth. Nell is survived by her two children, David and his fiancee Kathryn Logan of Haslett, and Susan and her partner Keith Donsky of Oceanside, CA. She took special pride in her two grandchildren, Senior Airman Albert Gillison, and Alysha Gillison; she is also survived by her sister, Opal Lehr of Chattanooga, TN; as well as many nieces, and nephews. A special lady, Nell was a friend to all. Funeral Services for Nell will be Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. from the Shepherd United Methodist Church where she was a member for many years, with Pastor Kathy Kursch officiating. Burial will be in Salt River Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Berry Funeral Home in Shepherd. Memorials may be given to the Shepherd United Methodist Church.
Published in Morning Sun on May 19, 2014
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