Owens, Wilma Jane (2009)

Obituary of Wilma Jane Owens ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Wilma Jane Owens, loving Mother and Grandmother, passed away February 4, 2009 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese, NC.  She resided in Nebo before her health declined.  Born August 2, 1926 in McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late Ella Belle Vickers Ward and Garrett Ayers.  She was also preceded in death by her husband Dallas David Owens, Sr.; an infant daughter Linda Kay Pendegrass; a brother William Franklin Ward and a sister Thelma Ward.  Mrs. Owens retired from Coates America.  She was a member of Nebo First Baptist Church in Nebo where she was a former Sunday School Teacher and an AWANA worker.  She was also a mentor at Nebo Elementary School.  Children were her greatest love and joy.

Mrs. Owens is survived by her children, Jane Hawkins of Monroe, NC, JoAnne Pendegrass of Morganton, NC, Steve Pendegrass and his wife Betty of Morganton and Melisa Womick and her husband Jerry of Nebo, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a sister Betty Lawing and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends on Friday February 6, 2009 from 10:00 am until 11:00 a.m. at Nebo First Baptist Church.  The funeral was held at 11:00 a.m.  Burial followed at McDowell Memorial Park.  At other times, the family was at the home of Melisa and Jerry Womick, Highway 70, Nebo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care 1721 Enon Road Valdese, NC 28690.  Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.  An online register is available under OBITUARIES at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday February 11, 2008 Volume 15 #6