Verna Mae Powell Keene Toole

November 30, 1927 - May 18, 2020
Verna Mae Powell Keene Toole


Our mother Verna Mae Powell Keene Toole, 92, of Wilmington, NC, passed gently into the arms of our loving Jesus on Monday, May 18, 2020, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center.

Verna Mae was born November 30, 1927, in Richlands NC, to the late Paul Powell Sr. and Lucinda Brinson Powell. She was preceded in death by her parents and all ten of her siblings, her husband’s James Toole and her children’s father Robert Keene, her firstborn Judy C. Johnson, and Grandson Gabriel F. Willetts.

She was a woman of God whose faith and love for family was beautiful. Those that knew her will always remember her passion for playing the piano, spending many summers at Topsail Beach with family and friends, and driving her friends around Wilmington to sing and play music at the Senior Center and Nursing Facilities. She was a true example of what it meant to be a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Friend.
She is survived by three daughters, Bobbie L. Keene of San Diego CA, Karen Joy Williams (Pete) and Katherine S. Willetts (Carl) of Wilmington, NC along with a special daughter Star Hernandez, Granddaughter Taylor S. Johnson, and Son in Law Richard K. Johnson of San Diego CA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Verna’s memory may be made online or by mail to, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Due to current restrictions in our country at this time a graveside service will be held at a later date for both our Mom and Dad.

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


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  • May 22, 2020
    Emily Marriott says:
    My love to the whole family. Your Mama was a sweet wonderful woman.

  • May 22, 2020
    Thomas newton lit a candle:
    Lit since May 22, 2020 at 5:17:43 AM

  • May 22, 2020
    Terri Rourk Parham says:
    May all of you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Please accept my deepest condolences for your families loss.

  • May 22, 2020
    Jen and Barry Keene says:
    So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you.

  • May 22, 2020
    Marie McCartney Wildt says:
    Karen, Sue and Bobbi, your mom was a mom to me as well growing up and spending most of my time at your house. She was so friendly and loving to me! She was a fun to be around so full of excitement and life. She will be missed but always in our hearts. Love and prayers to you.