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Jillayne Hollifield
  • January 19, 1942
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  • April 20, 2019

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Obituary

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.

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  1. 13 May 2019
    Marsha Kudlaty lit a candle:
    Lit since May 13, 2019 at 5:21:42 PM

  2. 10 May 2019
    Carolyn King says:
    My condolences to the family of Dr. Hollifield. I worked with her at Dorothea Dix Hospital.

  3. 10 May 2019
    Carolyn King says:
    My condolences to the entire family of Dr. Hollifield. I worked with her for many years at Dorothea Dix Hospital. She was a kind and caring person to all that she encountered with the Child & Adolescent Division at Dix. I will miss her very much.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    Carolyn King

  4. 10 May 2019
    Carolyn King lit a candle:
    Lit since May 10, 2019 at 5:29:41 PM

  5. 02 May 2019
    Sally Cameron says:
    I had the privilege of knowing Jillayne as a member of the North Carolina Psychological Association - actually much more than just a member. Jillayne was the Treasurer for a number of years and it was a privilege to work with her. She was a dedicated and caring psychologists, and cared deeply about her patients and her profession. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel with her to some meetings and she was great fun. One special memory - we were in DC and had a wonderful walk over the White House where she took my picture. I will treasure the many memories that I have of times with her. My sympathy to her family who I know she loved dearly. She is greatly missed.

  6. 01 May 2019
    Sara Rubloff says:
    With Jillayne's passing I, along with so many, have lost a dear, loving wonderful person. She was there for me personally and professionally. We laughed and cried together. I will miss her.

  7. 30 Apr 2019
    David R. Zinn says:
    I have known Jill since HS in Glen Ellyn Illinois. She was very bright and a comfort to her client/patients. She will be missed by friends and family alike.

  8. 29 Apr 2019
    Linda Campbell says:
    Jillayne and I worked together for many years and formed a friendship that lasted long after we both retired. When she moved to Florida, I lost my twice weekly “yoga buddy”. We shared adventures together on weekend trips with Sara Rubloff to NYC and DC, making lots of wonderful memories. Jillayne shared her excellent (and beautiful) snickerdoodle cookies, toffee, jams, soaps, and so much more over the years. I marveled at how she could do so many things so well, including driving and fixing that tractor! I will think of you often and miss you!

  9. 29 Apr 2019
    Franz Werling says:
    Rest in peace

  10. 29 Apr 2019
    Janis Holmquist says:
    Jill will be missed so much by all of my family. It will be a glorious day when we all meet again. Much love, Janis

  11. 29 Apr 2019
    Janis Holmquist posted an image:
    Jill visited us in Sandpoint June 2016.
    Jill visited us in Sandpoint June 2016.