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Doris Rockwell Gottilly

March 23, 1935 - March 26, 2015

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Doris Rockwell Gottilly, the beautiful, cherished mother to five children and her husband John (predeceased 2006) passed away on March 26th, 2015 in the company of family and friends, including Linda Greenhaw, Krystal Greenhaw and Val and Rei of Val’s Family Care while in hospice care.

Doris was born March 23, 1935 in Middletown New York to Earl Rockwell and Louise Kassel Rockwell.

Doris was a self-employed artist and writer. She was the author of multiple books on porcelain and paper mache dolls.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, John Gottilly, a 37 year IBMer. Who met the then Doris Rockwell, also an IBMer who had seniority over John.


Doris’s family includes one son, John Gottilly and wife Sheryl; daughter Linda Greenhaw and husband Larry; daughter Kathy Davis and husband Tom; Daughter Jennifer Tilghman and husband Jay; daughter Patricia Roberts and husband Frank. Sister Lucille Hales; sister Lucia Hitt; brothers Vinton, Vernon, Eugene and Earl Rockwell.

Doris also dedicated time, energy and love to her 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - https://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/donation.do?cID=14262&pID=24671
Posted by:
UNCW FRIEND
Posted on:
June 8, 2015
Jennifer, I can not get you and your family off my mind. Once again I pray that you carry your mother with you the rest of your life and spread her joy that I only heard about through you and your wonderful stories of growing up with her! I know word cannot meet the loss, I do hope you know you will be with her again someday but in a better place. When I lost my dad no word, no hugs, no nothing could ease my pain. But now 6 years later I have grown to let the fond memories of my father and our times together bring happiness when I let them flow through my soul. Carry on Jennifer that is the only way your mother and father would want it! UNCW OLD FREIND 🙂
Posted by:
UNCW FRIEND
Posted on:
May 29, 2015
All I heard was wonderful stories of a great family and childhood! Jennifer I am so sorry for your loss and wish you and your family the very best! Carry your mother's stories and memories with you forever! 🙂 Old UNCW college friend!
Posted by:
linda gottilly greenhaw
Posted on:
April 2, 2015
Lit a candle in memory of Doris Rockwell Gottilly
Posted by:
linda gottilly greenhaw
Posted on:
April 1, 2015
You are so thoughtful Kayla for thinking of us at this time. The scripture you left for us to read is comforting.....thank you.
Posted by:
linda gottilly greenhaw
Posted on:
April 1, 2015
My Mother loved to sing. We always had music playing throughout our house. Abba, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel were some of her all times favorites. The night she passed away we were playing all her songs for her quietly on the laptop. I know it gave her comfort to hear. At her visitation we had a slide show with
her favorite music. It was a beautiful tribute to a life well lived. I miss you Mom.
Posted by:
linda gottilly greenhaw
Posted on:
April 1, 2015
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Posted by:
jennifer
Posted on:
March 31, 2015
Thank you to my brother John and to all who contributed in their special way to the beautiful celebration of mom's life on march 29,2015.
It is exactly what she wanted.
Jennifer Gottilly Tilghman
Posted by:
john gottilly
Posted on:
March 30, 2015
Thank you Lisa for making the trip from Florida ! The joy you describe my Mother as bringing was represented by the joy that you bring with you. Our celebration shined even brighter with your smile.
Posted by:
john gottilly
Posted on:
March 30, 2015
Mrs. Spivey ! , my Mother loves you , you made her relocation from NY in the 70s so much easier by being the brilliant , loving teacher that you are.
Signed your student
John Gottilly
Posted by:
john gottilly
Posted on:
March 30, 2015
Thank you Kayla , I know that our family can benefit from your insight and caring. J.F.G
Posted by:
kayla
Posted on:
March 27, 2015
Hi my name is Kayla and I am a local bible teacher. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. There is a very comforting scripture at Isaiah 25:8. It says that soon Jehovah will swallow up death forever and that he will wipe away all of the tears. So we can all look forward to a time when death will be no more. I hope that this scripture can bring some true comfort during these difficult times.
Posted by:
Lisa Kline
Posted on:
March 26, 2015
What a beautiful and talented lady! I am so happy that you were able to be with her! She is definitely smiling down on her beautiful family. I am betting that the color just got brighter in Heaven with her presence!!!! Love you, Lisa, Steve, Brittany, and Hayden
Posted by:
Sarah Spivey Ragan
Posted on:
March 26, 2015
Lit a candle in memory of Doris Rockwell Gottilly
Posted by:
sarah Jewett
Posted on:
March 26, 2015
She sounds so wonderful! I'm sorry I didn't get to meet her. My prayers are with you all as you grieve.
Posted by:
Heather Campbell Hill
Posted on:
March 26, 2015
Lit a candle in memory of Doris Rockwell Gottilly
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