Jack and Alice Gillette, of Wilson, NC, died peacefully on November 1 and November 4, 2020 respectively, together, after 71 years of marriage. A service celebrating their lives will be held November 20, 2020 at Heritage gardens Funeral Home, Niceville, FL.
Alice attended the University of North Carolina from 1944 – 1948 and upon graduation, worked as a laboratory technician in a doctor’s office in New York until 1949. Upon her marriage to Jack and over the next 30 years, she had three children and moved fourteen times across the USA. She deftly created 14 different homes for her family, raised those 3 kids, and was actively involved with her children in every location she lived. Jack and Alice were active parents and as a family spent most of their time hiking, fishing, skiing, mountain climbing and camping. At the conclusion of their 30-year career in the Air Force, they decided to stay in Florida and began their 41-year retirement career. From 1980-1982, they built a beautiful “Cabin in the Woods” outside Durango, CO and named it “Gillette’s New West”. From1982-2012 they spent 5 months each year in Durango, golfing, hiking, and camping – four months in the summer and one month in the winter to pursue their love of skiing.
They had the rare privilege of knowing all seven of their grandchildren and watching six grow to adulthood. They also got to know all six of their great-grandchildren personally. Jack and Alice were a wonderful team for 71 years and always lived life to the fullest. They now will share eternity together.
Funeral services will be held November 20, 2020 at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville, FL, with Rev. Dr. Scott Hohn officiating. A private family burial with full military honors will follow in Heritage Gardens Cemetery.
Jack and Alice’s family would like to give special thanks to Susan Gray, who provided loving care to Jack and Alice over the past several years. They are also appreciative of the care provided by Emerald Coast Hospice in Fort Walton Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund at Trinity United Methodist Church, 403 Racetrack Road, NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.
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