Mary Ilene Pope

February 22, 1921 - July 18, 2012
Mary Ilene Pope


Mrs. Mary Ilene Fowler Pope, 91, of Wilmington, NC passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

Ilene was born on February 22, 1921 in Tabor City, NC and was the daughter of the late Charlie and Maggie Fowler.

She is survived by her son, Rev. Donald Pope (Suzanne) of Porter’s Neck, NC; daughters, Betty Horsey (Richard); Shirley Williams (Dewey); and Brenda Chandler; and son-in-law, Archie Dance all of Wilmington, NC. A sister, Alice Carlisle; sister-in-law, Vina Fowler; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Newell Pope; daughter, Bonnie Dance; daughter-in-law, Debbie Pope; sisters, Flossie Sarvis, Ivydean Harrelson, Gladys Todd and brothers, Lloyd Fowler and Boyd Fowler.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 1:00 pm Friday, July 20, 2012 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel with a funeral service following at 1:00 pm. Rev. Horace Jackson will officiate.

Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or to the Building Fund of Hampstead Baptist Church, 67 Factory Road, Hampstead, NC 28443.

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


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  • July 21, 2012
    George and Faye Morse says:
    Our Symphaties are with you We know that she is now in Heaven

  • July 22, 2012
    Scott and Tammy Hasty says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time! We love and miss you!

  • July 25, 2012
    Rose Daugherty says:
    Dear Pastor Donald WE were so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. We think and speak of you often. We will be praying for you and your family as you go through this transiton in your lives. Love The Daugherty Family

  • July 26, 2012
    Holland Consulting Planners Staff says:
    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Betty's mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • July 19, 2012
    wanda Henderson says:
    I want to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Love Wanda