Marie P. Willis, 87, passed peacefully into her eternal rest and joy Tuesday, July 31, 2013, after a lengthy illness.
Born in Kingsport on February 20, 1926, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Nettie P. Rector Parrott. She was a lifelong resident of Johnson City, and graduated from Science Hill High School in 1944. In July of that year she married W.T. Willis.
Preceding her in death were her husband, W.T. Willis, in 1989; and two sisters, Jean Parrott Shannon and Ruth Carolyn Peoples, and their husbands, Howard Shannon and J.J. Peoples.
She is survived by her younger sister, Alma M. Parrott Hartsell and her husband, Jim, of Tulsa, OK; and a brother-in-law, Calvin C. (Bud) Willis and wife, Janet Greene Willis, of Johnson City.
Also surviving Mrs. Willis are her three dear children: Susan M. Willis, of Houston, TX, John W. Willis, of Johnson City, and Ralph P. Willis and wife, Kathy Smith Willis, of Unicoi. In addition, she leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and grand and great-grandchildren.
Marie’s love of books and reading were imparted to her children at an early age, along with a love for music. She played piano, and not many people knew that she had a natural ability for drawing. She was always modest about so many of her talents and gifts, but her creative instincts found expression in so many ways — the flowers she grew, the wonderful way she could wrap a gift, her talent for baking, and her fine accomplishments in knitting, needlework, and quilting. She especially liked knitting Christmas stockings and Save the Children Worldwide newborn caps to be distributed in local hospitals.
A very unassuming person, she volunteered throughout her life, helping because there were things to be done, whether it was as room mother for her children’s classes in elementary school, as assistant Girl Scout leader for Troop 48, as a member of the Fireman’s Auxiliary, or as officer in various positions of Women of the Moose.
“All her ways were pleasantness, and all her ways were peace.”
The family will greet guests from 5:00 PM Sunday, August 4, 2013, until a Memorial Service at 6:00 PM at Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, Johnson City. Mr. Wesley Willis will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to The Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.
Online condolences may be shared through www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423) 610-7171 is serving the family.