Sandra Sue Ewell, age 66, of Wilmington, NC, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
Sue was born in Columbus County on June 3, 1952. She is survived by her husband, Homer Allen Ewell; two daughters and their husbands, Karen and Michael Allen and Loretta and Jason Graham; a stepdaughter, Victoria Keener; grandchildren Cary, Laurie, Coleman, Riley, and Karianna; and siblings, Roy Jerry Hobbs and Brenda Fletcher. She was preceded in death by her parents Roy Hobbs and Tracy Shupla, stepfather Harry Shupla, and two sisters, Faye King and Barbara Lewis.
Sue attended New Hanover High School, was a homemaker, and was a member of Wrightsville Avenue Church of God. She was known for her love of family and the Lord. She was a Mama and a Grandma, the Southern kind, who told you what she thought, prayed for you, made you some of her State Fair Blue Ribbon winning biscuits, and loved you no matter what.
As a child, her Grandma Nettie took her to church. As a young adult, she married her forever love, Allen, and gave her heart to the Lord. Together they served Jesus. Sister Sue, as many called her, could cook like no other, pray with power, and sing like an angel. Her voice blessed others for years, in the choir, on special occasions, and more than anything, her grandkids. She was known for working hard, and if someone was in trouble she was there. Sue was a children’s church director, girls group teacher, youth leader, and fundraising pro for those in need. She always made sure the church camping trips her husband went on with boys groups were fully supplied and took countless trips with youth over the years, investing in their talents and mentoring them through some of their toughest times. She also supported the efforts of foreign missions wholeheartedly.
When it came to her kids and grandkids, Sue always went above and beyond. They were always sure to get a custom birthday cake, but they never knew when she would appear with a load of groceries, new clothes, or something hand sewn, that they desperately needed, yet had never told her about. She was quick to tell them, “Wear your sweater,” and, “Remember who you are,” and knew how to be in the right place at the right time to help.
Sue loved her family, standing by her husband through the years and taking care of various family members until it was their time to meet Jesus. She was faithful. She was real. She was a Mama.
Known for her love of the mountains, spending time with family, yard sales, butter pecan ice cream, salted cucumbers, pistachios, roses, bluegrass music, vintage pins, and making homemade pound cakes, Sue was a fierce and loving soul, always fighting for her family. Cancer did not take her from this earth, but rather Jesus freed her and now she is healed and whole.
Come join the family for Sue’s Homegoing Celebration on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at Wrightsville Avenue Church of God, located at 2132 Wrightsville Avenue in Wilmington, NC. Visitation will be held at 3pm and the funeral service will begin at 4pm. The family will gather on the following Tuesday at noon for burial at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC.
In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations made to the Youth and Children’s Fund at Wrightsville Avenue Church of God, in memory of Sue, would be greatly appreciated.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S.41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910-791-9099
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The family will meet with friends at the church an hour before the service.
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Funeral service will be at 4:00 pm Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Wrightsville Avenue Church of God.
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