Sue Boney Ives passed from this life on Saturday morning, March 12, 2016, at The Commons at Brightmore. She was born in Wilmington on December 15, 1929, the youngest of five children of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Norwood Boney Sr.
She was a 1948 graduate of New Hanover High School and a 1950 graduate of Peace College. Following graduation from college, she immediately started her career in her father’s architectural firm, Boney Architects, where she continued for over 51 years as corporate secretary.
She was a lifelong and deeply devoted member of First Presbyterian Church, where she served as deacon, circle leader, chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, member of the Nominating Committee, president of the Ladies Bible Class, kindergarten teacher and more. She was the main greeter at the church on Sunday mornings for 35 years; her cheerful laugh and smile welcomed countless church members, old and new.
She was instrumental in the installation of a new replacement wall for the church’s Orange Street periphery, and the wall was subsequently named in her honor. She helped initiate a celebration of the church’s 175th anniversary and its new acolyte program.
A committed community volunteer, she worked tirelessly for 50 years with the United Way. In 2000, she received the coveted Appreciation Award given only occasionally to honor volunteer service. She also served as a board member of the Residents of Old Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. She volunteered countless hours with the Domestic Violence Shelter and Good Shepherd Ministries.
For many years, she opened her family’s historic 1854 home on Fifth Avenue to the Azalea Festival Tour of Homes and the Candlelight Christmas Tour.
She was a driving force behind her high school reunions, and she chaired her 50th reunion at Peace College in 2000.
She is survived by her son, Leslie Boney Ives, and his wife, Maggie Keenan Ives; a stepson, Glenn W. Ives Jr., and his wife, Jane; stepdaughter, Barbara Ives Rooks, and her husband, Michael; step-grandchildren Marcie, Holli and Lindsay Ives and James Michael Rooks; and six step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her much-loved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. The family will receive friends following the service in Gilmour Hall at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, The Domestic Violence Shelter, or Good Shepherd Ministries.
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