Grace Coward Willis

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AYDEN - Grace Coward Willis, 97, passed away on August 17, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Craven Co., NC on July 28, 1917 to William and Annie Wilson Coward. Grace lived most of her life in Pitt Co and on December 21, 1934 she married Ernest Willis.
Grace is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers and two sisters. She was a member of Elm Grove OFW Baptist Church where she attended regularly until her health declined. In her early years, she helped her husband farm and in 1964 she started her home daycare service. She continued to care for children until she was 88 years old and retired.
Grace is survived by her son, James Willis and wife Letitia, of Ayden; three daughters, Myrtle Register and husband Gene and Ann Wiggins, all of Chocowinity and LaRue Sox and husband, Tommy, of Burlington; one sister, Verdie Wilson, of Ayden; two sisters-in-law, Louise Coward, of Ayden and Dot Coward, of TX; grandchildren, Rhonda Clemmons, Teresa Dennis, Carl Wiggins, Ricky Sox, Lisa Heath, Stephanie Matthews and Kathy Sheppard. She also leaves behind fourteen great grandchildren, one great great grandson and a soon to be great great granddaughter, due Sept 1st, one step great grandchild and three step great great grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be held today at 2:00 pm at Farmer Funeral Service-Ayden. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1-2pm at the funeral home and other times at her home. Burial will follow in the Ayden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Vidant Hospital-Children's Miracle Network or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Community Hospice and Gentria Home Health Care. Arrangements by Farmer Funeral Service. You may e-mail condolences to
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Ayden, NC 28513
(252) 746-3510
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Published in The Daily Reflector on Aug. 19, 2014