April 29, 1936 ~ May 25, 2017


Resided in: Candler, NC

Julia Anne Crook Willis was born in Asheville, North Carolina. She went to be with her Lord on May 25, 2017. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Carl Lee and Opal Ayers Crook; sister, Peggy Anne Crook, brother, Ronald Lee Crook; sister, Jenny Lee Crook; her grandfather and grandmother, Authur Lee and Hixie Dills Crook; grandson, Thomas Alexander Pena; and several aunts and uncles. She is survived by her husband Haywood Edward Willis, of the home; daughter, Sandra Marylynn and husband James Pena; grandson, Edward Robert Pena, of Oak Ridge, NC; sisters, Myra Ramsey of Asheville, Joyce Morgan and husband Dale, of Newfound, NC; Susan Allman and husband Joe, of Weaverville, NC; and brother, Leonard Carl and wife Veronica Crook, of Enka-Candler, NC. After graduation from Sand Hill High School she received her Registered Nurse License from Spartanburg General Hospital, Spartanburg, SC. Also, she received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Nursing from George Peabody College, Nashville, TN. After she completed her degree she was employed as a Public Health Nurse in Miami, FL. She returned to Asheville and worked at the Oteen VA Hospital. She retired in 1980 from the VA Hospital in Asheville. Anne was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church in Candler. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 28 at 2 pm at Ridgeway Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Ridgeway Church, 525 Old US 19 & 23 Hwy, Candler, NC 28715.

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  1. Our condolence’s on your great loss. God Bless you all, and may God’s Holy spirit and comforter surround you during this period of loss.

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  2. Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss. I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Anne.’

    ‘My deepest sympathy’?

    Gary and Peggy

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  3. ED and Daughter I am so sorry to learn of Anns passing. I would love to be present at the service but my health will not permit it. May God Bless and comfort you in the loss of Ann. Neighbor Melita Burnette

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  4. I worked with Anne at the VA Hospital for several years. Anne was an energetic nurse and delivered excellent care to our heroes. The veterans loved Anne. I remember the first day I met Anne she was very ‘bubbly’ and happy to meet me. She always told me that she was proud of me and treated me like a daughter. I am blessed to have known Anne. May God bless you Sandra and Haywood and give you strength during this time.

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  5. Ed,Sandra,Myra,Joyce,Susan,Leonard
    I am sorry to hear of Anne’s passing. My sincere condolences and prayers to all of you. May God give you keep you close.

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  6. Anne and I shared many conversations as we reared our two daughters, saw them through sleep overs, scouts, sports, school, from first grade through adulthood and beyond. She will be missed.

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  7. Dear Sandra, I love your mom and dad! The two of them have always been so sweet to me over the years!!! I can picture her and hear her voice calling my name out as I write this!!! She will be truly missed!!! It was good seeing you and your father today. I pray the Lord will give you strength and courage as well as wisdom and discernment as you care for your father during this time of grief. Because He Lives…we can face tomorrow!

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  8. Sandra,

    I know if your mother was as wonderful as you, it would have been a pleasure knowing her. I am glad she had you. You were such a blessing to her.

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