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Idona Jean Gillette
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
  • Old St. Andrew's Parish Church
    2604 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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“When Ron left for Vietnam, Jean had a medical problem and I had to take her to the military hospital. They asked her name and she said, Idona he...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Carol Najarian - Virginia Beach, VA

“My deepest sympathy to the Gillette Family for your loss.May the God of Comfort, Comfort you all at this time because he Cares for you.2Peter5:6,7 ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: A friend

“May the "God of all Comfort, Comfort you all during this time of loss.1 Cor.1:3. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: A friend

“Meemaw was a force for good. She raised three strong women of God. They passed their strength on to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Dawn Gerken - Goose Creek, SC

“To the Gillette Family!We are saddened by the loss of our family friend, Jean, and will miss knowing she is on Wofford Dr! Thru the years, and miles...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Pete and Lucy McCoy - Hartsville, SC

“There is such pain when two precious lights (lives) are snuffed out so closely. My sincere condolences to your families as you grieve the death of...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Rita Addison - Summerville, SC


Idona "Jean" Gillette, 88, of Charleston, South Carolina, widow of LCDR Ronald Victor Gillette, USN (Ret.) entered into eternal rest with her adoring family by her side on Thursday, October 4, 2018. The family will receive friends Sunday, October 7, 2018 at J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Her Funeral Service will be held Monday October 8, 2018 at Old St. Andrew's Parish Church, 2604 Ashley River Road at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Old St. Andrew's Parish Churchyard.

Jean was born May 14, 1930 in Lexington, Kentucky, daughter of the late Charles O. Claytor and Thelma Clark Claytor. She was a member of the Naval Officers' Wives Club, Garden Clubs of Charleston and Drayton on the Ashley, Daughter of the King, Shadowmoss Ladies' Golf Association and longtime member of Old St. Andrew's Parish Church.

Being a Navy wife for over 26 years, she traveled the world and ultimately found their home port in Charleston. She was the matriarch of the family and known affectionately by all as "Meemaw". She was a kind, gracious, southern lady who loved deeply and was loved by all who met her.

She is survived by her three daughters, Lisa Seagle (Mike) of Charleston, SC; Vicki Filan (Mike) of Charleston, SC; Leslie Herman (Steven) of Adams Runs, SC; eight grandchildren, Christopher Filan, Matthew Seagle, Erin Wilson (James), Hannah Grace Porter (Eric), Justin Seagle, Allison Seagle, and Emma Herman; three great-grandchildren, Christian, Clark and Mary Alice. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson, Jeremy Seagle and brother, Chelsey A. Godfrey.

Please wear your brightest colors in her honor at her celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Old St. Andrew's Parish Church, 2604 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC, 29414.