Rowena “Jill” Elizabeth Wade, 78, member of Jamestown Society and Williamsburg DAR is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Rowan "Jill" Elizabeth Wade
Rowan “Jill” Elizabeth Wade

Rowena “Jill” Elizabeth Wade (nee Edwards) passed away on Nov. 15, 2016, at her Williamsburg, VA, home with her husband, Ron, of 58 years at her side.

She was a loving mother, wife, daughter and sister. She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Owens; father, Woodrow Edwards; and her brother, Woodrow Edwards Jr. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Wade; children, Karen Smiley (Daniel), Ronda Taylor (Paul) and Wesley Wade; and grandchildren, Gunther Smiley, Mariah Smiley and Paul Taylor, Jr.

Jill was born September 4, 1938, in Altavista, VA. She graduated from William Fleming High School in Roanoke, VA, and attended Roanoke College. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church Hampton, the Jamestown Society and the Williamsburg DAR. She helped build Grafton True Value Hardware. She enjoyed having lunch with friends, playing bridge, cheering for the VT Hokies, watching Dancing with the Stars and visiting with family.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, at Nelsen Funeral Home of Williamsburg, VA. A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, at Nelsen. Interment will occur at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at McElwee Chapel, Rockbridge Baths, VA.

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