LELAND — Mozelle Nance Burney, 74, of Leland, passed away at home Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.
She was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Robeson County to John Edward and Sadie Nance. Mozelle grew up on a small farm in Carvers Creek. Her parents predeceased her as did her brothers, John and George Nance, and her sister Sharon Wright.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Charles Burney; their son David Burney, of Raleigh; their daughter Melanie Myrick and her husband Dale Myrick, of Carolina Beach; three grandchildren, Anniebette, Charlie and Blake Burney and his wife, Taylor, all of Raleigh. Also surviving are her siblings Musette Hoefer and husband Fred of Pickens, S.C., Peggy Cain and husband Jimmy of Bladenboro, and Richard Nance of Rieglewood.
Mozelle spent her adult years in Brunswick County, first in Leland where she worked two decades at the Leland Post Office and where she rooted passionately for Leland sports teams — the Rebels, Tigers and Scorpions, and for nearly three decades in Winnabow where she and Charles rescued a deserted farm house and returned it to a warm and charming southern home. She was a talented artist and taught painting for Brunswick Community College. She was an accomplished southern cook, an ardent crypto quote solver and a devoted, loving owner of many of the world's most fortunate pets. For the past several years her puppies, Maggie and DeeDee, were loyal friends, able nurses and guarded her with great devotion.
She was a loyal friend who loved deeply. Her nephew, Shawn Nance, and his son, Conner, held a special place in her heart, as did many dear friends and extended family. None was more devoted at the end than Gracie Watson.
The family will host a visitation from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, both at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market Street, Wilmington. A short burial service will follow at First Leland Baptist Church, Village Road in Leland.
The family would like to express its thanks to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice for the comfort and services it provided during the past year. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Brunswick County Animal Shelter in Supply, or the charity of your choice.