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Verna Mae Powell Keene Toole, 92, spent many summers at Topsail Beach with family and friends

Verna Mae Powell Keene Toole

WILMINGTON — Our mother, Verna Mae Powell Keene Toole, 92, passed gently into the arms of our loving Jesus Monday, May 18, 2020, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center.

Verna Mae was born Nov. 30, 1927, in Richlands to the late Paul Powell Sr. and Lucinda Brinson Powell. She was preceded in death by her parents and all 10 of her siblings; her husbands, James Toole, and her children’s father, Robert Keene; firstborn, Judy C. Johnson; and grandson, Gabriel F. Willetts.

She was a woman of God whose faith and love for family was beautiful. Those who knew her will always remember her passion for playing the piano, spending many summers at Topsail Beach with family and friends and driving her friends around Wilmington to sing and play music at the senior center and nursing facilities. She was a true example of what it meant to be a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

She is survived by three daughters, Bobbie L. Keene of San Diego California, Karen Joy Williams (Pete) and Katherine S. Willetts (Carl) of Wilmington; along with a special daughter, Star Hernandez; granddaughter, Taylor S. Johnson; and son-in-law, Richard K. Johnson of San Diego, California.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Verna’s memory may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Due to current restrictions in our country at this time, a graveside service will be held at a later date for both our mom and dad.

Share online condolences with the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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