Mary Annis Russell Tillett

March 30, 1928 - March 17, 2008

03/30/1928 - 03/17/2008

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Saturday March 22, 2008
2:00 pm
Park Place United Methodist Church
Norfolk, VA
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Mary Annis Russell Tillett passed away on Monday March 17, 2008. She was born on March 30, 1928 in Joplin, MO, the daughter of Earl and Clara Mae Russell.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was married for 62 years to her devoted and trusted husband, Thomas Tillett.

She is also survived by her sons and their wives, Stephen & Barbara Tillett, of Gambrills, MD, Edward & Laurie Tillett of Orland, FL, and her daughter Sallye Stephens of Norfolk, Va. Known as “Merm” to 7 grandchildren and their spouses, 8 great-grandchildren, her memory will be cherished as well, by her dear aunt, Ruth Herrod Johnson and first cousins, Mary Katherine Russell and Mildred Finley Merrell.

Mary was a retired financial secretary and member of Park Place United Methodist Church, the Christian Adult class, and United Methodist Women.

A service honoring her life will be held on Saturday, March 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Park Place United Methodist Church, Colonial Avenue, Norfolk. In Lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Park Place United Methodist Church.

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Ryan S. Willis
8 years ago

A steel magnolia, whose quiet, gracious, and patient strength were tempered with a love which seemed to simply blossom from her; as soft, and as gentle, and as pure and effortless as the finest silk, Aunt Mary was, to me, always part of a rare breed of ladiesâÄ_of people; one that becomes rarer still with each passing year. And while my thoughts and prayers remain with her family during their time of grief, they rest gratefully in the knowledge that all who have been touched by a love as special and as true as hers have cause to rejoice. That precious gift will continue to walk with you every day, and will brighten every journey on which life in this world could possibly take you. You are all very much loved, and I pray that God continues to bless and keep you all.

Much Love,

Ryan S. Willis

Al Munden
8 years ago

Mary was a great Lady and and will be sorely missed by the whole family even tho we know she’s in a far better place. But we know we’ll be joining her “in the twinkling of an eye” to spend an eternity with all those gone before. Tommy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family…

Maida Tipping
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. She will forever be in your heart.

SANDRA SHRUM
8 years ago

MY HEART FILLED PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU THROUGH THESE SORROWFUL TIMES. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU IN GRACE.

Lisa Sonders
8 years ago

Sallye me and Chanel’s thoughts are with you.

Love lisa & Chanel

Your friends and family at Issues & Answers
8 years ago

Sallye,

You and yours are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Your I&A Family

ROGER/ROSE PAUL
8 years ago

THANKS FOR BEING OUR FRIEND. YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED. WE WILL SEE YOU LATER.

GODSPEED

Laura and Jean Domingue
8 years ago

Thomas and family, Our thought and

prayers are with you all at this time.

Mary & Dan Van Kirk
8 years ago

Tommy and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Mary will be greatly missed by all who knew her. coming back to virginia won’t be the same not seeing her next door. our hearts and prayers go out to each one of you. love you tommy and take care.

Macon & Carolyn Felts
8 years ago

Tommy and Family. We are so sorry to hear that Mary passed away. Our prayers are with you and all your family. Mary was a lovely lady, and she will be missed. We will be out of town beginning tomorrow and cannot attend services, however, our prayers will be with all of you. God Bless.

Macon and Carolyn Felts

Joanne Kuhn
8 years ago

Tommy, so sorry for your loss…my prayers are with you

Hattie Matthews
8 years ago

You have my heartfelt condolence for the loss of your dear love one. Words cannot express the grief and pain that you now feel. However, please find comfort in God’s word found in the Bible at Revelation chapter 21, verse 4. It reads: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

You have my deepest sympathy.