Norma Celeste Capps McWaters

October 9, 1943 - May 4, 2024
Norma Celeste Capps McWaters

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Norma Celeste Capps McWaters, age 80, of Wilmington, NC, passed from this life into the loving arms of the Lord on May 4, 2024.She was born on October 9, 1943, in Asheville, NC.

In her early life, Celeste dedicated her time to being a loving stay-at-home mom before embarking on a fulfilling career as a Tax Preparer for H & R Block, where she faithfully served for 25 years. Celeste was a lifelong, active member of Masonboro Baptist Church, where she shared her faith and talents in many church activities and especially as a Sunday School Teacher and member of the Choir. She also had a love of flowers and gardening.

Celeste was preceded in death by her parents, Norman Capps, and Esther Capps Farrow; siblings Sheliah Capps, Maxine Poole, Janice Loney and Ronald Capps; and her infant daughter Karen McWaters.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, James “Mac” Walter McWaters; daughters, Kim McWaters Wilson and husband Sandy of Wilmington and Susan McWaters of Denver, CO; one granddaughter, Rachel Verdi and husband Tim; and one great-grandson, Mason Verdi; along with numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members.

A service to honor Celeste’s life will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Masonboro Baptist Church in Wilmington, led by Rev. Wes Hunter. Following the service, burial will take place in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Logan Walters, Gregory Stallings, Pete Allen, Tommy Poole, Kim Lucas and Bobby Padavich.

Visitation will be held at the Church an hour before the service.

Memorial gifts in remembrance of Celeste may be directed to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare or Masonboro Baptist Church – Cemetery Fund by clicking the links here.

Celeste will be dearly missed by all who knew her, but her legacy of love and faith will endure in the hearts of those she touched.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099


Funeral Service

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
11:00 AM

Masonboro Baptist Church - Directions
1501 Beasley Road
Wilmington, NC 28409
(910) 395-0343

Visiting Hours

Masonboro Baptist Church - Directions
1501 Beasley Road Wilmington, NC 28409
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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  • May 06, 2024
    Sophia B. Phelps says:
    I remember Celeste so well from our days at Masonboro. She always had a smile and a reassuring comment for everyone. We loved to watch her grow in her relationship with Mac. The girls were a true example of the things taught by their parents. We love you and have thought of you often in the years away from Masonboro. Prayers for your peace and comfort in the days ahead. Enjoy reminiscing with the memories. Sophia Phelps

  • May 05, 2024
    Julie Barnes Rowe says:
    I am so sorry to hear about Celeste! She was a wonderful lady. Live and prayers Julie Barnes Rowe…Becky’s sister

  • May 05, 2024
    Havon and Joe Kawucha says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Celeste was a wonderful friend and lots of fun to be with. I’ll always remember being at Masonboro and watching her sing in the choir. ( I can’t sing a note so was always thrilled to watch her) We joined Home Extension together and had a great time. One day we were told about making clothing from a bed sheet and that at one of the main meetings we’d have a fashion show. Celeste said I’ll do it and she made a really cute sundress and with her gorgeous trim figure she was the prettiest of all! I’ve missed her greatly over the years but know she is up in heaven singing and of course still keeping an eye on her family.