Winifred Bryan Hovey died peacefully at home on August 9, 2019.
Born April 27, 1919 in Asheville, NC she was the daughter of the late William Walter Bryan and Geraldine Jones Bryan. She attended Greensboro College for Women and received a business degree from High Point College.
Her husband of 58 years George D. Hovey, Sr. preceded her in death. She is survived by her three children; George D. Hovey, Jr. and wife Kay of Cornelius, Lynn Hovey Walker of Hickory and Bryan E. Hovey and wife Carol of Concord, six grandsons; George D. Hovey III, Carl B. Hovey, Jason G. Hovey, Nathaniel B. Hovey, David H. Walker and Jonathan H. Walker and wife Mallary, two great-grandchildren; Rose Stewart Walker and George Philip Walker, two step-grandchildren; Miles W. Cottom and Holly C. Cottom and a number of nieces and nephews.
Winnie was a charter member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and held different leadership positions over the years. She was a past president of the Service League of Hickory. The arts community was important to her and she supported a number organizations but she had a special love for the Hickory Choral Society and the Hickory Community Theatre. In 2011 at age 92 she won the American Volunteer contest sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America for her 30 years volunteer service to the Catawba County Meals on Wheels.
Winnie was known for her wonderful sense of humor and a genuine love for other people. She had friends of all ages who enjoyed visiting with her until the end of her life. Winnie and George were avid travelers and visited countries all over the world. She loved and appreciated the beauty of nature, especially the mountains and the beaches of NC. She learned to sail and became an excellent sailor with her husband. They particularly enjoyed sailing their boat in the NC waterways and the Bahamas.
The family wants to especially thank Winnie’s excellent caregivers: Linda Goode, Brenda Brown, Ollie Rhinehardt and Teressia Bowman whose loving care enriched her life.
A memorial service conducted by the Rev. Joe Westfall will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church at 2:00 PM on Friday, August 16. The family will receive friends in the family life center after the service.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 52 16th Ave. NW, Hickory, NC 28601 or to Catawba County Social Services “Meals on Wheels” c/o Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services, P. O. Box 207, Newton, NC 28658.
Bass Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Winifred Bryan Hovey.