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
    Janice says:
    Sue I'm sorry for your loss. I have enjoyed seeing pics of her on your visits to her. She seemed to be a real sweet heart lady.

  • May 22, 2020
    Anthony Newton says:
    I Never met your mother, but I heard so many wonderful things. My thoughts and prayers are with you Karen, and you're family. God Bless mama.

  • May 22, 2020
    Tracy Kuhn says:
    May she rest in peace. Just know Joe and I were honored to know, love and care for this beautiful lady. She will forever be one of our favorites. I will always treasure my dresser that I bought from her. Love you all, Tracy and Joe Kuhn

  • May 22, 2020
    Aletha Williams says:
    Sue, Sorry to hear about the passing of Momma V. She was a wonderful person to my family, especially to my mom. I am going to remember all the amazing times in Room 202. Love You!!’

  • May 22, 2020
    Marian Bailey says:
    She was one charming, happy, funny adorabl e, sweet little lady. To know her was to love her!