Geraldine (Jerry) White Fanney, 84, passed away at Rex Hospital in Raleigh on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Jerry was born in Wilmington to the late George and Louise White on January 24, 1930.
Jerry was raised in Wilmington and graduated from high school there before pursuing a degree in nursing in Roanoke Rapids, NC. It was there that she met and married her beloved Howard. After marrying, Jerry began her profession as a registered nurse; a career that spanned for the next sixty years. Over the years, Jerry worked in various nursing positions in Roanoke Rapids, Emporia, Rocky Mount and Wilmington. Her passion for nursing was only surpassed by her love for her family. She and Howard loved nothing better than to visit and spend time with family members. Jerry also enjoyed flower gardening, decorating, singing, and shopping. Always one for having a sweet tooth, she was famous for making delicious desserts for family and friends. A lifelong Baptist, Jerry enjoyed church activities in Roanoke Rapids and in Wilmington where she returned after Howard’s death in 1998.
Jerry was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard R. Fanney, Sr., and grandson, Brian Simpson. She is survived by son, Rick Fanney and wife, Angela of Smithfield; daughter, Susan Simpson and husband, Danny of Cary; and son, John Fanney, of Raleigh; sister, Eleanor Horrell of Wilmington; grandchildren, Mickey Fanney and wife, Tracy Dixon, Meg Fanney, Will Simpson, Allen Simpson, and Mary Ellis Fanney; great-grandchildren Kiah Fanney and Pender Fanney, and several loving nieces and nephews.
A Memorial service will be held at Rosemary Baptist Church, 936 Jackson Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 1:00 PM, with Rev. Layne Wallace officiating. The family will receive in the church Fellowship Hall following the service.
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In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the North Carolina Nurses Association or one’s favorite charity.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wrennclarkehagan.com