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Eva Howard Clements Towell, age 74, of Mill Lane, left this earthly home and went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully, and surrounded by family, early Tuesday morning, Jan. 31, 2023.

Eva was born on Oct. 26, 1948 to John Carroll Clements and Annie Carmine Clements in Newport News, Va. Raised in Gloucester on Lewis Avenue, she graduated from Gloucester High School in 1967, and began 50+ years in the nursing profession. Graduating from the Richmond Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1970 and with a B.S. in Nursing from Old Dominion University in 1983, she was a gentle spirit that devoted her life to caring for others. A majority of her nursing career was spent at Walter Reed Hospital. Eva was affectionately known to her grandchildren as “Ninny.” She was known to her family and friends as a loving Christian, dedicated wife, and sports loving MOM, that loved doing for others. She was a member of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. “Ninny” was loved greatly by her family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Along with her parents, Eva was preceded in death by her brother, John Stanley Clements.

Eva is survived by her beloved husband of 51 years, James “Jim”; two sons, James Christopher Towell and wife Sharon of Aulander, N.C., and John Matthew Towell of Elizabeth City, N.C.; five grandsons, Jordan Towell of Grafton, Justin Burden and wife Rebecca of Aulander, Tyler Burden and wife Kerstyn of Aulander, twins, Gabriel and Noah Towell of Elizabeth City; granddaughter, Allison Towell of Elizabeth City; two great-grandsons, Eli Burden, and Parker Burden; great-granddaughter, Layken Burden; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. John S. Clements of Fredericksburg, Va., and Sandy Knight and husband Wayne of Suffolk, Va.; niece, Carroll Ann Lewter and husband John of Fredericksburg; three nephews, Stan Clements and wife Julie of Fredericksburg, Greg Knight and wife Erin of Richmond, Va., and Jamie Knight of Suffolk; great-nieces, Mattie and Grace Lewter, and Carlie Clements; great-nephews, Jack Clements, and Rory Knight; along with numerous cousins, special “sisters,” teapot group, and extended family.

A Celebration of Life memorial service was held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at 2 p.m. at the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, with the Rev. Dr. Doug Nagel officiating. The family received friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. There was a private family inurnment in the church columbarium.

The Towell family extends a heartfelt thank you to the Riverside hospice family for the love and care they showed Eva during her final days, along with the special angel that, in Eva’s words, “you are a true God-send,” for her love and dedication to her during her illness, Beth Armistead.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Eva’s memory to the Gloucester Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad, 6595 Main Street, Gloucester, Va. 23061 or online by visiting fund, type- Eva Towell.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service—Ahoskie Chapel (N.C.) is handling the arrangements for the Towell family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting