RIP OUR SISTERS
Charter Member Trula Johnson Burnett passed away suddenly on 3 November 2005. Trula enlisted in the USMC in 1943 and worked
as an airplane mechanic until her honorable discharge with the rank of SGT in 1946. Following her discharge she attended
nursing school with her GI bill. Trula was active in the Chapter until her death.
Mary Kay Poe Roberts, age 90 of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, October 31, 2010, at
Fair Park Health Care Center of Maryville. She joined the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve during World War
II attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. Mary Kay was a charter member of Rocky Top Chapter, TN-1 and was an active
member for several years. She will be missed.
Charter Member Betty Anderson Rye, died peacefully on 28 Jan 2014 at the age of 84. Betty attended business school in Chicago
and worked as a private secretary before enlisting in the USMC in January 1951. She served at MCAS Cherry Point NC before
being assigned to Naval Intelligence in Washington DC. Betty attained the rank of SGT before receiving her honorable discharge.
Betty was an active member of the chapter since its inception in 2002.
Charter Member Tommye Fleming Kelly passed away December 2014 at the age of 95. Tommye was taking flying lessons when WWII
started. She enlisted in the USMC in December 1943 where she served as a navigation instructor for Marine Corps pilots.
After the war Tommye attended nursing school in Houston TX where she met her husband and moved to Oak Ridge TN in the late
1950's. While in the Marines one of her navigation students was later movie actor Tyrone Power, a story she loved to relate.