For Annie Helen Rivenbark, age 94, of Wallace, the twelve plus years journey through the world of Alzheimer’s has not been easy for any of us, especially for Annie Helen. However, her family has found great comfort in seeing the hand of God many times throughout this grueling trek. And now, on October 27, 2017, surrounded by her family, Annie Helen has finally been set free from the bondage of this insidious disease and gone on to her new home in Heaven where she shall ever be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Born May 31, 1923 in Duplin County, she was the daughter of the late Perry Exum and Lillie Bell Blanton Sholar. She was predeceased by her devoted husband of 66 years, Johnnie Clarence Rivenbark; sister, Kathleen “Kat” Blanton and brothers, Daniel “Bud Dee” Sholar, Bill Sholar and Raleigh “Tootsie” Sholar.
Annie Helen is survived by her two daughters, Cathy R. Bowen and husband, Jimmy of Willard and Diane R. Blanton and husband, Roy of Teachey; grandchildren, Stephen B. Bowen, Jeridith P. Blanton and wife, Andrea, Tara B. Murphy and husband, Mike and Darrell L. Blanton and wife, Amber; great grandchildren, Eric Murphy, Tyler Blanton and Brady Blanton; sisters-in-law, Helen Sholar and Shirley Rivenbark, both of Wallace; special caregiver, Anniebelle Brown; best friend and “sister”, Naomi James and husband, Horace of Wallace; numerous nieces and nephews and many extended family and friends, all who dearly loved Annie Helen and was loved by her in return.
A faithful servant of God, Annie Helen lived her life dedicated to her Lord, her family and her church. She was life-long member of Wallace Pentecostal Holiness Church where she served many years as a Women’s Auxiliary President and Girls Auxiliary Leader. Because of her great passion for cooking and serving others, Annie Helen was a vital part of the ‘feeding and serving’ ministries of the church. Later in life Annie Helen attended Willard P.F.W.B. Church where she continued to serve the Lord faithfully until she could no longer attend. With a gift of hospitality, Annie Helen opened her home and served the Wednesday Morning Prayer Breakfast until her health no longer permitted.
Our Mama was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. With a servant’s heart, she always put the needs of others before herself. She was a diligent homemaker and a great cook who took great pride in preparing meals for family, friends and for those who were sick or had lost a loved one. Mama has always been one who would give the shirt off her back to others in need. With a big heart and generous spirit she would do without so that others could have what they needed or wanted. How often we took her for granted when we were growing up; assuming she would always be there…..and she always was. She sacrificed many things so that we could have everything we needed. Even during her illness, Mama was always making sure everyone else was taken care of. Our Mama is such a great example of the Proverb 31 woman…. and her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praised her; Many women do noble things, but our mother surpasses them all. To the world our Mama might just be another woman, but to us she is our world; we thank God that He looked down on us and blessed us with the best. “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into your rest….where you shall forever be with the Lord”.
The family would like to thank her wonderful caregiver, Anniebelle Brown; her niece, Gail Boyette and former caregiver, Faye Blanton for all the love and compassion that they have given to her over the years. They would also like to thank those who have prayed and encouraged them during this journey with their mother.
A celebration of life service will be at 12 Noon on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Wallace Chapel with her pastor, the Reverend Bobby Smith and her special, long-time friend, the Reverend Marjorie Teachey officiating.
Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Park in Watha, NC.
The family will reveive friends from 11:00am to 12 Noon, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the funeral home and at other times at Annie Helen's residence.
You may share your memories and send condolences to the family by selecting our guestbook above.
Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Wallace, NC.
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We are so sorry for you loss. Each of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Nelson & Betty Casteen
Submitted by Nelson Casteen on Nov 2 2017 10:30:55 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. May the peace of God bring comfort and soothe your hearts as you rely on him for strength. Philippians 4:6,7
Submitted by Mike and Donna on Nov 2 2017 08:25:57 AM
Diane, Cathy and family, what a blessing indeed to have known your mother, Mrs. Annie Helen, and your father, Mr. Clarence! They were always the first ones to welcome us at the Willard PFW Baptist Church with smiles and open arms! You were so blessed with godly parents whose love for Christ beamed through! May your precious memories bring comfort during this difficult time and peace in your heart knowing y’all did “all you could”. As you know, your parents are together again and in the sweet loving arms of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour! We love you and you’re in our prayers.🙏❤️
Submitted by Leon and Kathy McMillan on Nov 1 2017 12:28:43 PM
We are so so sorry for your loss. Just learned about your mother’s passing today. May God be with you all. Cathy, you were a special blessing to your mom and I know you will miss her very much. Sue Jones West and Mary and Clayton Jones
Submitted by Brenda Sue West on Oct 31 2017 08:58:06 PM
What beautiful testament to a life well-lived, and to the love of family and the grace of God sustaining her to leave her legacy of love.
Peace be with you,
Submitted by Beverly Griffin on Oct 31 2017 10:27:15 AM
Diane and family, Joe and I are truly sorry for your loss. Losing a mother is a very hard thing. May the grace of God comfort you and your family during this time. God Bless each of you!
Submitted by Terry Watkins on Oct 31 2017 07:39:50 AM
Cathy and Diane may you find the comfort of God's loving arms wrapped around you. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Mary Graham DeVane on Oct 30 2017 07:52:21 PM
How blessed we are to have known this very special woman! What a beautiful example of friendship she and Mom shared through the years. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. May God bless and keep you in His care. Emily and Steve Rivenbark, Naomi and Horace James
Submitted by Emily Rivenbark on Oct 30 2017 07:36:14 PM
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