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Madeleine T. Gregory, 97, 333 Tucker St., died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. More recently she resided at the Center on Aging and Health.
After receiving a degree in occupational therapy from the University of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Gregory had worked as an occupational therapist in New Jersey and New York. During World War II, she served as a Lt. JG in the US Navy in the Medical Service Corp.
She moved to Erwin in 1947 with her late husband, Lonnie B. Gregory. She attended East Tennessee State University and received a BA in industrial arts and a masters degree in special education. She taught special education in Unicoi County for two years. She retired from the Veteran’s Administration in Johnson City as an occupational therapist.
Mrs. Gregory enjoyed golf, reading, traveling and being with friends and family. She was a member of the Erwin Women’s Club for many years and served with the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Gregory was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Johnson City.
Mrs. Gregory was a steadfast friend who will be remembered for her kindness, integrity, respect for others and her outgoing nature.
She was born in Lenoxdale, Mass. to the late Rene and Marie Jean Trauen. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gregory is preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie B. Gregory.
Survivors include her daughter, Ann Gregory, Winston Salem, N.C.; several nieces, nephews, and special friends, Terry and Jack Holiwiski, Erwin.
Funeral mass will be held in the chapel of Erwin Memorial Funeral Home at 2: p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, with Father Tom Charters officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery with military honors provided by the Tennessee Honor Guard consisting of VFW Post #4933 and the Tennessee Army National Guard.
The family will receive friends for an hour preceding the services at Erwin Memorial Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, should you wish to honor Mrs. Gregory, please consider a memorial contribution to the American Red Cross, Unicoi County Animal Shelter, or to St. Mary’s School, 115 Orchard Street, Lee, MA 01328.
Erwin Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.