Barbara Jane Maness

November 26, 1935 - May 27, 2018
Barbara Jane Maness

Barbara Jane Maness, 82, of Castle Hayne, NC passed away Sunday afternoon , May 27, 2018, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  MeMa as she was referred to, even by those unrelated, led a very productive and full life. Most of her time was spent as a homemaker but briefly she entered the working world cooking at the Golden Skillet at Wrightsville Beach and Snoopy’s Pizza Parlor in Wilmington. 

She always came back to home though because that was where she felt the most comfortable and knew the “ropes” of homemaking unlike anyone we ever knew. She cooked , cleaned, sewed, canned, gardened, shopped, but above all loved us unconditionally.  She was the most compromising woman, even when it meant giving up her own beliefs. The past year has been a struggle with her own health and that of our Daddy. She was a faithful and loving wife and continued to put him above all else. She would always say “he is my husband and this what I need to do.” In the final days she became weary but refused to give-up.  She became tired and needed to go home one last time. She was welcomed into the arms of Jesus Sunday afternoon.  He has returned her strength that she  needed. Our family knows what she is doing now. She is either preparing a batch of School Girl Pickles, making that Apple Dapple Cake, or rolling out the pastry for the chicken and dumplings. Oh let’s not forget the best peanut butter cookies, crisscrossed with a fork, that you ever tasted. You can rest assured she is up and moving. God will use her in His garden as well. She could turn any weed into a rose…

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Arnold G. Maness. Daughter, Bobbie F. Whitley (Larry) of Leland, NC; Daughter Debbie F. Boyd (Thomas) of Castle Hayne, NC, Sharon D. Maness of Wilmington, NC, and her Granddaughter Angela M. Hansley (Terriel) of Castle Hayne. Angela lived with MeMa and PapPaw since the age of 4 until age 18. Her Grandchildren who loved and adored her are Jody (Craig), Kirby (Heather), Andy (Jennifer), Josh, and Jered. She leaves behind 8 Great Grandchildren; Raegan, Madison Blue, Harper Lynn, Owen, Gavin, Landon, Anyla and Malia. She was preceded in death by her daughter Jacqueline, son Gary, and grandson Jacob.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2018,  in the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. The family will  receive relatives and friends Friday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.

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  • May 30, 2018
    Melinda Ray Linebarier says:
    Heartfelt sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother, Grandmother. May you find comfort in knowing she is without the pains of this world and that you will see her again...

  • May 30, 2018
    Melinda Ray Linebarier says:
    Heartfelt sorrow for the loss of your beloved Mother, Grandmother. May you find comfort in knowing she is without the pains of this world and you will see her again...

  • May 30, 2018
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  • May 30, 2018
    Becky Nugent says:
    Please know that Barbara is in no more pain; and is looking down from Heaven and smiling at her beautiful, caring family with pride! My prayers are with you all!

  • May 31, 2018
    Jody Dorsey says:
    I knew you loved me...I felt it and saw it. That's why this hurts so much. I want to be selfish and keep you around forever. But I know you need to rest now. I will miss you beyond words.