Edna Skipper Willetts Boyer

October 6, 1939 - June 27, 2020
Edna Skipper Willetts Boyer

Edna Faye, 80, of Brunswick County. Died on Saturday, June 27,2020. She was born in Southport on Oct 6, 1939, the eldest daughter of the late George Leonard and Edna Gore Skipper.

Survived by her two sons, Graham Kevin of the home, George Eric, wife Carrie of Pennsylvania. Grandchildren, George Eric Willetts II and Grace Elizabeth Willetts.

She was proceeded in death by two of her sisters Aveline Young (Tom) and Karen Kimbro. Surviving sister Carla Ramm (Joe). Her nieces and nephew, Tina(Ken), Catherine and Jason. Great nephew, Barron.

As a little girl she grew up on a small farm in Brunswick County, where she had a fun life. She worked in tobacco and the family ESSO Station where she enjoyed scooping the ice cream and helping the customers at check out. She loved to help her dad with the horses and mules. She attended Bolivia High School, an honor student from sixth through twelfth grades. She graduated
valedictorian of her class.

She married Graham Arliss Willetts owner of Willetts Ford and Sons, in Bolivia, NC. The largest dealer in the smallest town in the USA. She was the key member in the dealership office and enjoyed driving a Thunderbird. They welcomed their first son in 1961 and in 1968 their second son. Arliss died in an automobile accident in 1977.

She was a bookkeeper for Cape Fear Toyota and Britt Motorsports. She then decided to open a Bed and Bath shop at Long Leaf Mall in Wilmington, NC. ,where she met Bob Boyer. He often told the story of buying the most expensive beach towel he had ever owned, so he could talk with Edna. They were married in 1982. She continued her employment for the next twenty years and retired from the Harley Davidson dealership in Wilmington.

A member of Zion United Methodist Church since 1941. She has served the church in so many ways, including being a Sunday School teacher when she was in the eighth grade, which some of her class members are still living. Teaching Children’s Church for the older kids and is currently Finance Chair person.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 2 from 5 to 7pm, at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation,1535 S. 41 st St., Wilmington, NC 28403. Interment will be on Friday, July 3 at 11 am at Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, 6864 Zion Church Rd., Leland, NC 28451. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Edna’s name to Zion United Methodist Church or St. Jude’s Hospital.

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  • June 30, 2020
    DeAnna Strickland lit a candle:
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  • June 30, 2020
    Gale Vaughan says:
    I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Edna when I moved to Wilmington 8 years ago. There was never a time thereafter that she was any different from the very first day I met her. Talk about an Angel <3 You were a beautiful person who made a beautiful life. Im going to miss our chats and your smiling face. #RIP mybeautifulsweetfriend. Strawberry Season will never be the same...

  • June 30, 2020
    Susannah and Paul Bell says:
    George, Carrie, Eric and Grace, Please know we are sending loving thoughts and prayers to each of you. The Bell family are all sending love to you.

  • July 01, 2020
    John Brinker says:
    Thank you for such a wonderful obituary, a real celebration of life. I recall fondly the lunch with grandma edna and her family last summer. There is no doubt she will be missed.

  • July 01, 2020
    LaVonda Gaskin Howard says:
    I am so saddened to hear of the loss of sweet Edna! She was such an amazing lady, the epitome of sweet southern charm. I was lucky enough to experience her “sweet tea in a mason jar”.and learn her secret recipe! Love and prayers to you all at this time.