Jeanette McIlwean

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Jeanette S. McIlwean, age 74, passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014. Born in New Hanover County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Foscue Starling and Dolly Bruce Pelletier Starling and the granddaughter of the late Ferrand Benjamin Pelletier and Adelaide Thomas Pelletier.

Jeanette was a faithful and enthusiastic member of the Micajah Pettaway Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and had been a member of the Joseph Montfort Chapter in Onslow County and the Richard Dobbs Spaight Chapter in New Bern. She was honored with the distinction of having been a member of the DAR for more than fifty years. She was also a dedicated member of the Eleanor White Dare Chapter of the Colonial Dames XVII Century. She served both societies as excellent and thorough chapter historian and notebook creator. She was a previous member of the Lydia Chapter of Rocky Mount and now a member of Nashville Chapter 332 Order of the Eastern Star.

Jeanette is survived by her loving husband, Earl Closs McIlwean, Jr. and son, William Earl McIlwean of Wilmington, NC. Jeanette loved Earl's family, especially family reunions with her sisters-in-laws, Ila M. White Lewis and husband, Thomas E. Lewis; Burness M. Linker and husband, Nell Linker; brother-in-laws Edgar H. McIlwean and wife Sandra; and Gene P. McIlwean and wife, Nancy.

She was deeply devoted to her two brothers, who both live in Raleigh: Sampson A. Starling, II and Mary Ellis Starling, and Jeremiah P. Starling and John R. Adams; to her nieces, Sarah M. Starling and Elfranko Wessels of New York, Zoe E. Starling of Raleigh, and Anna E. Schweigman and the late David Schweigman of New York; and to her nephew, David R. Starling and April F. Starling of New York. She took loving delight in her great-nieces Georgia Wessels and Eyler and Stelling Starling, and her great-nephews Samuel and Emmett Schweigman.

Jeanette is survived by numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Englewood United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, NC, with Dr. John Dutton officiating. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. at Beech Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, New Bern, NC, with Reverend Connie Stutts officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Englewood United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 7128, Rocky Mount, NC 27802 or Beech Grove United Methodist Church, 1037 Washington Post Road, New Bern, NC 28562.

Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting

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Published in Jacksonville Daily News from Aug. 25 to Aug. 28, 2014