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Dr. Jillayne Mae Hollifield, Ph.D.
Jillayne Hollifield passed away on April 20, 2019 after a short illness. Born on January 19, 1942 in Melrose Park, Illinois to Herbert Kenneth Buettner and Beulah Mae Glover. She grew up in the Chicago, Illinois area and attended Gray School and after moving to Lombard, Illinois – Lincoln School and then Glenbard West H.S. where she was a cheerleader her junior year. She graduated in 1959.
After graduating high school she married Thomas Arthur Peterson on August 27, 1960 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lombard, Ill. They had a son, Tom on October 25, 1961. After attending Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois for a few years, they moved to Madison, Wisconsin but later returned to Illinois. They were divorced in early 1967.
She married Dr. Guy Foster Hollifield on October 1, 1971. They relocated to Beckley, W.Va. in the summer of 1973. She completed her Batchelor’s Degree at Concord College in 1977 and her Masters Degree at the W.Va. College of Graduate Studies in 1981. She and Guy were divorced in1978.
Jillayne obtained her Doctorate Degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1986. She also taught for a time at North Texas State University, Denton, TX and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was a psychologist and had worked at Dorthea Dix State Hospital in Raleigh, N.C. and also had her own private practice. She relocated to Orlando, Fl in 2015 after retiring in order to be closer to family.
She was an active person and enjoyed tennis and running as a younger adult. Later in life she enjoyed camping, hiking, photography, gardening, soap making, sewing, cooking/baking and then yoga in her later years where she could still do full splits and a headstand in class. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and sister. She was preceeded in death by her parents and by her former husband Guy. She is survived by her son, Tom Peterson; daughter-in-law, Jane Peterson; granddaughter, Emily Peterson; grandson, Zachary Peterson (all of Orlando); grandson, Aaron White (Beckley, W.Va.); brother, Jeffrey and sister-in-law Deedee Buettner (Bemidji, MN); sister, Janis and brother-in-law Don Holmquist (Sandpoint,ID); sister, Jayne and brother-in-law John Priester (Cincinnatti, OH) and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Jillayne’s kind actions and words, wit and sense of humor will be dearly missed by family, friends and those who knew her.
A private family celebration of Jillayne’s life will be held at a later date.