Later this afternoon, we will be attending the funeral of my aunt, Gwen.
She was my mother's older sister and the last of my parents' siblings to pass away. I am posting her obituary as found on the funeral home's website.
Mrs. Gwendolyn P. Gilliland, 89, of Dalton, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2009. She was born October 19, 1919 in Sugar Valley, Gordon County, GA.
When her mother (Winnie Joyce Parker) died suddenly in 1937, she became the housemother, cook and counselor for her father (Oscar T. Parker), two older brothers and a younger sister ( all of whom passed away several decades ago).
For thirty - nine years she was married to the late Harold C. Gilliland, who passed away prematurely in 1978. She was a grateful member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Her Husband was a career U. S. Soldier, who served in Korea and other tours of duty. During her working life she was employed in the textile industry and retail sales.
Although her husband’s military career caused occasional relocation of the household, Dalton was her home where she grew up, married and reared her children and lived for more than eighty years.
She was a wonderful cook and loved to Garden.
Gwendolyn is survived by two sons, Cullen Gilliland and his wife Jeanne of Atlanta, Stephen Gilliland and his wife Suzanne of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.; grandchildren, Andrew Gilliland of Cleveland, TN., Alice Gilliland of Chapel Hill, NC.; great-grandchildren, Claire Gilliland, Benton Gilliland, Kate Gilliland, Edie Gilliland; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Edwards; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 P.M. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Fred Johnson and the Rev. Rhoda Howell officiating. She will be buried next to her late husband in West Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Love Funeral Home Tuesday from 6 to 8 P.M.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.lovefuneralhomega.com. Love Funeral Home, 1402 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton (across from Hamilton Medical Center) is in charge of arrangements.