Aug. 31, 2013
"Lord, are you sure you want this one? She seems too young.”
Sharon Jane Tollett O’Malley, 58, passed away Aug. 31, 2013, to take her gifts to a higher calling, after a brief but valiant battle against multiple medical issues. She leaves behind two incredible daughters, Kathleen, 31, and Caitlin, 25. She and her husband, Mike, celebrated 36 years together the week before her death.
Sharon grew up in the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, daughter to Geraldine and Ralph Tollett of Crossville; and sister of Jamie (Tollett) Estes. Her career as a public health nurse began in the hills of eastern Kentucky, while she completed her Bachelors of Nursing at Berea College. Upon graduation, she joined the Tennessee Department of Public Health and quickly rose to a regional administrator position.
In 1983, Sharon followed Mike’s career and moved to the wilds of western Washington with their two-year-old daughter. She began her local career with the Washington Department of Health, eventually landing in her favorite role as civilian director of medical management in the Managed Care Division at Madigan Army Medical Center, serving over one million outpatients per year. She cherished her role as advocate for our active duty military and their families as she strove to assure they received the best care available to them.
Her many passions included cooking for her family, spending time with her daughters and bartending at the Black Hills Audubon Society annual banquet. She loved everyone deeply including her extended family, in-laws, cousins, friends and pets.
A celebration of Sharon’s life was held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. at Mills and Mills Funeral Home in Tumwater.
Please send memorial contributions to Berea College, c/o Sharon Tollett O’Malley scholarship fund, P.O. Box 2216, Berea, KY 40404.
Aug. 31, 2013
Jacqueline Brown Vaden, 80, of Crossville, passed away March 1, 2014. Funeral services were held March 4 from the chapel of Hood Funeral Home. The Rev. Martha Hale officiated, with burial in Green Acres Memory Gardens.
Julia Pearl Hill, 89, of Crossville, passed away March 5, 2014, at Cumberland House. Family will receive friends Saturday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to noon at Cumberland Fellowship. Funeral service will follow at noon, with Pastor Hank Jones officiating. Burial will be in Green Acres Memory Gardens.
Robert Ray Dillon, 93, of Crossville, passed away March 1, 2014, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. Funeral services were held at Bilbrey Funeral Home March 5, with Pastor Roland Smith and Bro. Billy Kemp officiating. Interment was in Crossville City Cemetery.
John Arthur Price, 86, of Cumberland County, passed away Feb. 9, 2014, in Farmington Hills, MI.
Gracie Bella Lewis, infant daughter of Tim Lewis and Dorieli Kief of Crossville, passed away March 1, 2014, at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville.
Karen Elizabeth Podsiedlik, 58, was born Oct. 3, 1955 to Frederick and Dagmar Arnold in Syracuse, NY. She passed away on Feb. 28, 2014 in Crossville, surrounded by her family and pastor at her bedside. The family will receive friends today, March 4, at First Church of the Nazarene in Crossville from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., with Pastor Greg Keller officiating.
Joyce Eveline (Murray) Northcutt, 72, of Fairfield Glade, passed away Feb. 22, 2014, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. Funeral services were held March 3 at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Dowling officiating. Interment was in the Saint Francis columbarium.
Rev. Joseph T. Nickell
Joseph Travis Nickell, retired Baptist pastor of Maryville, passed away Feb. 26, 2014, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 85.
Alice Eula Hedgecoth, 89, of Crossville, passed away Feb. 25, 2014, at WyndRidge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossville. Funeral services were held at Bilbrey Funeral Home Feb. 27, with Bro. Joey Smith and Bro. Billy Smith officiating. Interment was in Hedgecoth Cemetery.
Dr. Philip Deatherage
Philip Miner Deatherage, MD, 93, of Crossville, passed away Feb. 28, 2014. Visitation will be held at Bilbrey Funeral Home March 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., with funeral services to be held March 7 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Oliver Springs City Cemetery March 7 at 1 p.m. CST.
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