Arlene E. Gillett
28 March, 1935 – 24 June, 2020
Arlene Enid (Mulhollan) Gillett, age 85, formerly of Colorado Springs, CO, peacefully re-united with her Lord, Jesus Christ, and her beloved husband Chuck, Wednesday, 24 June 2020 at her residence in Idaho Falls, Idaho, encircled by her four children and other family members. She was born 28 March 1935 in Sykesville, PA, to Harry Albert and Frances Mae (Troutman) Mulhollan and lived in Pennsylvania until her marriage on 4 September 1955 at Reynoldsville, PA to Air Force Airman 1st Class Charles Ackley Gillett of Utah. Arlene loved her life as a military spouse which exposed her to new adventures, cultures, and friendships as she traveled the world with Chuck. They lived in several states as well as the countries of Germany, Italy (her favorite), Japan, and Saudi Arabia. On 15 May 1965, she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the religion Chuck was raised in. They were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple (Utah) for eternity on 15 June 1995. She served in the Relief Society as a secretary, Visiting Teaching Coordinator, supervisor, and teacher; Young Women’s Mia Maid advisor as well as a Primary teacher and activities day leader. Arlene, dubbed Aunt Agnes by one family member, cherished her entire extended family and friends. She was known for her compassion, friendliness, immaculate home, humor, punctuality (if you were five minutes early, you were late), quick wit, ready smile, tenacity (also known as Mulhollan stubborn), and thoughtfulness. Arlene volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts when her children were younger as well as for the Red Cross in Florida and Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs. As a young woman, she earned 50 cents an hour at her first job in Woolworth’s five and dime store and then a little more than that at Brockway Glass Company. Arlene was later employed at the Golf Clubs on Aviano Air Base, Italy and McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington. She worked at the Fountain Wal-Mart on 85/87and later at the Kohl’s on Powers Blvd. However, she believed her finest accomplishment, her greatest legacy was her family and she was lucky enough to stay at home with them. She was always ready and able to provide assistance in whatever form whenever needed to any family member and friend.
Arlene is survived by: her children Debra (Daryl) Taylor of Idaho Falls, ID; Karen (Brad) Trunnell of Lavon, TX; Charles R. (Charilla) Gillett of Stafford, VA; Andrew S. (Sarah) Gillett of Winston-Salem, NC; fourteen grandchildren – Staci (Nick) Miller, Ashley (Sam) Miller, Morgan (Joseph) Killian, Noah (Kylie) Trunnell, Adam (Ashley) Trunnell, Lincoln (Jo) Trunnell, Michael (April) Gillett, Jared Gillett, T’mara (David) Zeally, Kira Gillett, Graham Gillett, Emma Gillett, Grady Gillett, Andrew E. Gillett; twenty-one great grandchildren with two soon to be born; sisters, Delores (Don) Heitzenrater of Punxsutawney, PA; Donna Pearce of Pueblo, CO; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends scattered across the globe. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Brian Lee Taylor; her sisters (and brothers-in-love), Harriet Alberta (Fred) Verbeke, Ella Mae (Ray) Brochey; her brothers (and sisters-in-love), Harry Albert “Hank” (Betty & Anne) Mulhollan; James Dale Mulhollan; John Edward (Pat) Mulhollan; step-mother, Martha Mulhollan; Sisters-in-love, Iris (Dick) Hales, Catherine Harmston, Beverly (Bob) Andersen; brothers-in-love, Keith (Retha) Gillett and Don Gillett.
Due to COVID-19, funeral service seating in the Chapel on the 16 July is restricted to 99 people. Masks are required and social distancing practiced. Please try to arrive between 9:30-9:45 to be escorted to your seats. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice, Special Olympics, or the American Cancer Society. These charities were dear to Arlene.
Visitation, Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Dove-Witt Family Mortuary 6630 S. US Hwy 85-87, Fountain, CO. 80817. Funeral Service Thursday, July 16, 2020 10:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints 1310 Aeroplaza Dr. Colorado Springs, CO. 80916
- Debra Taylor (Daryl), Daughter
- Karen Trunnell (Brad), Daughter
- Charles R. Gellett (Charilla), Son
- Andrew S. Gillett (Sarah), Son
- Staci Miller (Nick), Grandchild
- Ashley Miller (Sam), Grandchild
- Morgan Killian (Joseph), Grandchild
- Noah Trunnell (Kylie), Grandchild
- Adam Trunnell (Ashley), Grandchild
- Lincoln Trunnell (Jo), Grandchild
- Michael Gillett (April), Grandchild
- Jared Gillett, Grandchild
- T'mara Zeally (David), Grandchild
- Kira Gillett, Grandchild
- Graham Gillett, Grandchild
- Emma Gillett, Grandchild
- Grady Gillett, Grandchild
- Andrew E. Gillett, Grandchild
- Delores Heitzenrater (Don), Sister
- Donna Pearce, Sister
- Harry Albert Mulhollan, Father (deceased)
- Frances Mae (Troutman) Mulhollan, Mother (deceased)
- Charles Ackley Gillett, Husband (deceased)
- Brian Lee Taylor, Grandchild (deceased)
- Harriet Alberta Verbeke (Fred), Sister (deceased)
- Ella Mae Brochey (Ray), Sister (deceased)
- Harry Albert "Hank" Mulhollan (Betty & Anne), Brother (deceased)
- James Dale Mulhollan, Brother (deceased)
- John Edward Mulhollan (Pat), Brother (deceased)
- Martha Mulhollan, Step-Mother (deceased)
- Iris Hales (Dick), Sister-in-law (deceased)
- Catherine Harmston, Sister-in-law (deceased)
- Beverly Anderson (Bob), Sister-in-law (deceased)
- Keith Gillett (Retha), Brother-in-law (deceased)
- Don Gillett, Brother-in-law (deceased)
- Arlene is also survived by twenty-one great grandchildren with two soon to be born, as well as numerous nieces. nephews and friends scattered across the globe.
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- Andrew E. Gillett, Pallbearer
- Graham C. Gillett, Pallbearer
- Michael L. Gillett, Pallbearer
- Adam R. Trunnell, Pallbearer
- Lincoln M. Trunnell, Pallbearer
- Noah P. Trunnell, Pallbearer
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Arlene E. Gillett
July 12, 2020
I remember I was asked by my mom to stop by Aunt Arlene and Uncle Chuck's house in Puyallup, Washington while going on our vacation. I told my then spouse that we would just spend a couple hours there and move on. Well, we stayed there 7 days and had a wonderful time. I didn't know uncle Chuck that well because he was always traveling. My spouse and aunt Arlene hit it off. I couldn't keep up with them so i would go to bed and they stayed up for hours talking. Aunt Arlene would still go into work the next day. They cooked and entertained us all 7 days. My dog tore their screen door up and they made us feel like it didn't matter it was an easy fix. So they just fixed the door. I learned how to make some oriental dinners from them. They feed us very well. I got to know them so much more and aunt Arlene had us in stitches the whole time. I didn't know just how humorous she was. It was a wonderful time and I'm so glad to have gotten to know them both a lot better.
Another time My mom, uncle Don and sister drive up to New York and I flew up that weekend. They had a beautiful home with a secret slide from a room that would take you to the kitchen. They took us to a high waterfall place that you had to walk up 1000 or more steps. Mom found out that she could have ridden up in a car and walk down. Boy was she upset for awhile because she would have to stop to catch her breath and aunt Arlene and Uncle Don just laughed which made her madder. She got over it and we all had a great time. They were both great hosts any so hospitable. They are both missed and I'm thankful I was able to visit her in Idaho Falls were she spent her last days.
Love you and looking forward to seeing you in the here-after.
July 7, 2020
Dear cousins, I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Arlene was a favorite and always there for our family. She had so many wonderful stories to tell and welcomed us to her home and her heart. This was a wonderful tribute to a life well lived. Love and prayers to you and yours. XOXO
July 7, 2020
I met Arlene when I worked at Kohl’s. Little did I know that she would become a very dear and cherished friend. She had a quick wit and loving spirit, not to mention a work ethic that put a lot of us to shame.
I will miss her humor and great friendship along with our monthly breakfast outings that we shared for many years until she moved away.
Thanks for the memories Arlene.
July 7, 2020
I had the great pleasure of working with Arlene for many years at Kohl's. She truly is such an amazing lady! She had a quick wit and great humor! I always enjoyed my visits with Arlene when doing my rounds around the store. She would tell me how these young kids needed to work with her! Which often we made sure new coming were partnered with her to train. I would tell them you better keep up with Arlene! Which she would run circles around them!
July 7, 2020
This tribute to Grandma is wonderful. While stern and stubborn, Grandma never left anyone questioning if she loved them. She devoted her life to family and friends. She found joy in lifting others up. Grandma made everyone recognize how special they are.
Grandma, I miss you. Thank you for being a base, a foundation, a sure footing. Your sternness came from a belief that we were capable of great things. With your encouragement, you taught us to believe in ourselves and have faith in our abilities. When we failed you lifted us up and knew that you love was unconditional. Thank you. I love you much.
July 7, 2020
Some of my fondest memories are getting to visit Uncle Chuck and Aunt Arlene in Tennessee, New York and Colorado, and my last visit with Aunt Arlene in Idaho. When I was little I was really afraid of her (but still wouldn't eat my peas even if I couldn't leave the table) but she became one of my most favorite Aunts. She will be forever in my heart along with Uncle Chuck.
PS I won, I got to leave the table and didn't eat my peas
July 7, 2020
Aunt Arlene was one of my most favorite Aunts. She will be greatly missed! She always greeted me with a great big smile and a great big tight hug. May you rest in piece❤