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Obituary for Henrianne Gaskins Willard (Gaskins) PhD

Dr. Henrianne (Gaskins) Willard, PhD of Cookeville, Tennessee, 85 passed from this life on Saturday, February 27, 2021, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Henrianne was born Tuesday, June 11, 1935 in Register, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Edward Gaskins, Sr. and the late Mary Evelyn (Olliff) Gaskins.

Henrianne was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend. She received her PHD from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in Radiation Biology and was the first female senior scientist at Oak Ridge National Labratory. She worked at Tennessee Tech University for many years as a biology professor. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed needlework, and her dogs, Buddy and Teddy. Henrianne was loved by all that knew her and she will be greatly missed.

Henrianne is survived by, Son, Hackett Willard; Daughter, Leigh and Phillip Green; Grandson, Matt; Brother, Ralph Gaskins, Jr.;

Funeral Service for Henrianne (Gaskins) Willard will be held Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10: 00 am. Interment will follow in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Friday, March 5, 2021 and again, Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 9:00 am until time of service at Crest Lawn Funeral Home.

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Arrangements entrusted to Crest Lawn Funeral Home.