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Mary Louise Mashburn Ollis, 726 Rock Creek Road, Erwin, who would have celebrated her 88th birthday Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and was the daughter of the late James and Lonnie Stockton Mashburn.
Mrs. Ollis was a longtime devoted member of Erwin Church of God where she served for many years as president of the Ladies Willing Workers Band and as Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Ollis loved attending church and serving the Lord.
She was a loving and devoted momma and granny. Mrs. Ollis loved to play cards and quilt. She was always willing to help others and visit the sick.
She was known for making her famous apple butter and also enjoyed sampling other recipes.
Other than her parents, Mrs. Ollis was preceded in death by her loving husband of 70 years, Bradley William Ollis, who died September 22, 2010. She was also preceded in death by daughter, Margaret Ollis, an infant son, and two brothers, Harold Mashburn and Vance Mashburn.
Survivors include three sons: Willard B. Ollis, Jerry D. Ollis and wife, Loraine, all of Erwin, Gary L. Ollis and wife, Lucy, Johnson City; one daughter: Priscilla Harris and husband, Michael, Erwin; three grandsons: Aaron Ollis, Paul Ollis, and Nicolas Ollis; four granddaughters: Faith Fregoso, Hope Fregoso, Adrianna Morton, and April Harris; one sister: Martha Crain, Telford and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the chapel of Erwin Memorial Funeral Home. The service will follow at 8 p.m. with Bishop John Edwards, the Rev. James Hughes and the Rev. Hope Fregoso officiating. Special music will be provided by Mrs. Verline Lewis and Mrs. Louise Pate.
Active pallbearers will be Josh Ollis, Nicolas Ollis, Mike Harris, Benito Fregoso, Teddy Morton, Lolo Fregoso, Toby Ortiz, Chencho Ortiz, and Henry Fregoso.
Interment will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 3, at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Erwin Church of God, P.O. Box 755, Erwin, TN 37650.
Erwin Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.