Waneta Weaver Towell, 94, of Gloucester and Chesapeake, Va., died on July 14, 2015 at The Cottage at Gloucester House.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, James O. Towell Sr.; her parents, William W. Weaver and Annie Calloway Weaver; her siblings, Bonner, Wesley and June, all of Norfolk, Va. Two special people, Mary T. Reed and Frances W. Hogge, sadly preceded her in death.
She is survived by her faithful children, James O. Towell Jr. (Eva) of Gloucester and Sandra Towell Knight (Wayne) of Chesapeake, Va. She also leaves four grandsons, Chris Towell (Sharon), Matt Towell (Heather), Gregory Knight and Jamie Knight and eight great-grandchildren, Jordan, Gabriel, Noah, Allison, Justin (Rebecca), Tyler and Eli. She adored them all.
Waneta graduated from Maury High School, Norfolk,in 1939 and began her business career. She worked as a Western Union Telegraph Operator and a secretary for her church and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. She retired from NMEF at the Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Va. The job that she was the proudest of, however, was that of wife and mother. She was a current member of Great Bridge Presbyterian Church and a former member of Norview Presbyterian Church in Norfolk and the First Presbyterian Church in Gloucester.
She made many friends wherever she went. Waneta loved to cook and sew, go to the beach, play cards, read a good book, watch Jeopardy and work crossword puzzles. She was a former volunteer in her community and at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. She was an animal lover and is survived by her canine pal Okie.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to her loyal friends, Fran Musick and Joan Myles as well as her loving nieces, Anne Bell (Bill) and Sandra Miller (Jim) and nephews, Mike Nifong (Mary) and the Weaver boys, Jim, Joe and Barry. Their concern and support over the past year will never be forgotten.
They would also like to commend Dr. Ron Haggerty and the staff of Riverside Health System–Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Heron Cove Rehabilitation and Riverside Walter Reed Hospice for their expert care and kindness. Finally, words cannot express our love and gratitude for all the employees at the Gloucester House–Assisted Living and Palliative Care Units. You treated us as your family and loved her as we did. We could not have asked for more.
A memorial service, conducted by Dr. Douglas Nagel, was held on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 6470 Main Street, Gloucester. A reception followed the service in the Fellowship Hall.
If desired, donations in her memory may be made to Great Bridge Presbyterian Church for the CAST–Chesapeake Area Shelter Team, 333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Va. 23322-5513.
Andrews Funeral home & Crematory, Gloucester, was in charge of arrangements.