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JoAnn Hetherington

October 23, 1936 - September 26, 2019

JoAnn Nelson Hetherington, age 82, passed away peacefully September 26, 2019 due to complications related to heart disease and respiratory distress.

JoAnn was born October 23, 1936 in Washington, D.C. She attended Holton Arms High School in Washington, D.C. and graduated Bennett Jr. College in Millbrook, New York. JoAnn was a caring, outgoing, and creative individual.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Seth C. Hetherington and step daughter Jenny Harrison. JoAnn is survived by “Bert”, her close companion; her three children, Cynthia Ann Derr, Sheila Louise Plotts and Alexander Nelson Plotts; step children Paget Hetherington and Seth Hetherington; ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brother Fred Nelson, wife CoCo and sister Melissa Morgan Nelson, husband Tom.

JoAnn touched the lives of many with her ability to make anyone laugh  and will  continue to  live on in all of our hearts. Celebration of life to be held November 30, 2019, 1pm at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41Street, Wilmington, N.C. 28403.

In lieu of flowers please donate to All 4 Cats at or the American Heart Association at

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm


Wilmington Funeral Chapel

1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

Celebration of life to be held November 3, 2019, 1pm at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41Street, Wilmington, N.C. 28403.

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