Melrose B. Ansell

Published 9:33 pm Monday, January 1, 2018


Mrs. June Melrose Bonney Ansell, age 87, former resident of Knotts Island, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at River Trace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Knotts Island Baptist Church and will be officiated by her son, Kent Ansell.

Mrs. Ansell was born in Virginia Beach on June 1, 1930, to the late Floyd Emerson Bonney and Cynthia Marie Land Bonney. On July 12, 1947, she married William Jennings Ansell who preceded her in death on July 30, 2011. She worked in the cafeteria of Knotts Island Elementary School. Mrs. Ansell was a member of Knotts Island Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Darlene A. Jethro and husband Phillip. of Chocowinity; a son, Kent Ansell, of Knotts Island; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Floyd “Dunie” Bonney, of Virginia Beach; and a sister, Jane B. Etheridge and husband Larry, of Knotts Island.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Jennings Ansell and a son, Robert Ansell.

The family will receive friends from noon until the funeral hour at Knotts Island Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Knotts Island Baptist Church, 389 Woodleigh Road, Knotts Island, NC 27950.

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Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Ansell family.