Colville, Marlys Olsen

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Marlys Olsen Colville, 88, died on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 following a brief illness. 

Marlys was born in Bowden, N.D., on Sept. 16, 1924 and had made Chattanooga her home since 1929.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ole Conrad Olsen and Emma Thorstenson Olsen, who met and married after Ole journeyed from his native Norway to the U.S., eventually settling together in Chattanooga, drawn by the mountains and river that reminded him of home; by her devoted husband of 64 years, Eugene R. (Gene) Colville, Sr., who loved her all his life; and by her two younger sisters, Constance Olsen Wiggs and Lavan Olsen Mertz.

She is survived by her three children, daughter, Sharon Colville Stewart and husband, Fred, son, Eugene R. (Rick) Colville, Jr. and wife, Becky, and daughter, Susan Colville Prudowsky, all of Chattanooga; grandsons, David W. Stewart, Eugene R. (Richard) Colville III, and Zachary D. Prudowsky; granddaughters, Beth Stewart Gray, Kathryn Colville Perry, and Kim Colville Voss; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church, attended the Lutheran School, and was a 1943 graduate of Central High, completing her senior year while her husband Gene served overseas. She was an outstanding scholar who never lost her love of learning, a caring wife and mother who worked fulltime while raising her children, and the ultimate grandmother who enjoyed every moment spent gathering and laughing with her family. Joining Trotter, Boyd and Keese insurance agency as a secretary in 1943, she worked her way up to head bookkeeper of AGA insurance before her retirement.

She was a passionate collector of antique glass and furniture, shared her father’s love of antique clocks, and never missed an opportunity to travel to shows, flea markets and auctions to find new treasures. For years, she arranged and enjoyed perfect weekends at the cabin, where all the family gathered and grew up in the woods by the lake at the First Lutheran campsite, surrounded by friends and laughter.

The family will receive friends on Monday, Jan. 21, from 5-8 p.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel. Graveside services will be on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the National Cemetery, with the Reverend Mark McCrory officiating. 

Pallbearers will be grandsons, David Stewart, Richard Colville and Zach Prudowsky, and great-grandsons, Sam Stewart, Jack Gray and Parker Gray.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church Camp, 2800 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404.

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com.


Wooten, Jane Elizabeth

Jane Elizabeth Wooten, 56, of Chattanooga,  passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She was of the Baptist faith. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, William and Myrtle Sims Wooten, Sr.; sister, Janet Godschalx; and brother, William “Billy” Wooten, Jr. Survivors include her sisters, Linda Samaris of Chattanooga and Eleanor Holmes of Trenton, GA; brother, ... (click for more)

Messler, Catherine Ann

Catherine Ann Messler, 63, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, died on May 23, 2015.  Born in Cañon City, Co., on Jan 16, 1952 to Albert Benjamin Mouriquand and Elsie Jane (Bohl) Mouriquand, she was a passionate and fiery woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother with a variety of interests.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, knitting, ... (click for more)

Sneed, Ella Faye (Cleveland)

Ella Faye Sneed, 82, of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday morning, May 26, 2015. Faye was born in Cleveland on October 7, 1932 to the late Russell J. McElrath & Ella Ree Cain McElrath. She is a member of Clingan Ridge Baptist Church. Faye's greatest joy was spending time and taking care of her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death ... (click for more)

Salisbury, Mike (Cleveland)

Mike Salisbury, 51, of Cleveland, Tennessee, died on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 to be with our heavenly father.   He was a passionate tennis player and an avid golfer.    His wife and girls were his whole life and what an amazing father he was.    He was known for his deep love and devotion to family and friends and for his witty sense of humor. ... (click for more)

Man Killed By Train At Sale Creek

A man was struck and killed by a train in North Hamilton County on Wednesday evening. The sheriff's office said the incident occurred in Sale Creek.   (click for more)

Tram Up 1st Street That Proved A Dud Also Falters At Auction

Most of the 21st Century Waterfront development was a major success. Except for that non-working tram going up the steep hill at First Street. The city has finally given up on the unusual mode of transit and has placed it up for auction. But there were only four bids submitted and the high was only $92.50. The owners of the firm that built the tram, Outdoor Engineers ... (click for more)