Anne Ragan Gwaltney

September 21, 1926December 10, 2012
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Anne Ragan Gwaltney, 86 years of age, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2012 at Croatan Village in New Bern.

She was born on September 21, 1926 in New Bern to James E. Ragan and Annie Cowan Ragan. In addition to her parents, Anne was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Joseph “Joe” L. Gwaltney, Sr., brothers James E. Ragan, Jr. and Jack M. Ragan; sisters, Helen R. Eubanks, Ernestine “Tine” Prescott and Catherine “Kitty” Nichols. She is survived by her three children, Joseph “Larry” Gwaltney, Jr. and wife Suzanne M. Gwaltney of Oriental, Joanne G. Ashton and husband Rudolph Ashton of New Bern and Stephen K. Gwaltney of Grantsboro. Lovingly adored by her grandchildren, Karl S. Gwaltney, Joseph “Jay” L. Gwaltney III and Katy H. Gwaltney, Dr. Erin Ashton, R. Alex Ashton and wife, Stephanie and great grandson, Guy A. Ashton, who called her “Mimi”, and many nieces, nephews and caregivers who loved her.

Anne and Joe owned the Culligan franchise in New Bern until moving to Oriental in 1974 to open Sail/Loft Realty. Anne loved selling real estate and continued working until she retired at the age of 75.

A wonderful hostess, Anne had a passion for cooking and spending time entertaining friends and family. She received great pleasure from snow skiing, playing bridge, shagging and boating. Anne loved her church and was a member of Garber United Methodist Church and active in the Oriental United Methodist Church before returning to New Bern in 2004.

Anyone who met Anne will always remember her beautiful smile and loving nature. “Miss Anne” touched the lives of many through her volunteerism as a Grey Lady at the Craven County Hospital. She was also the first contributor to the Pamlico Community College Education Foundation.

A true New Bernian , Anne graduated from New Bern High School in 1944.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Garber United Methodist Church with Rev. Stan Brown and Rev. Matthew Atha officiating. A reception with the family will follow the service at the church. The family will also receive friends at other times at the home of Joanne and Rudy Ashton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Eastern NC Alzheimers Association, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612, Community Home Care and Hospice, 1423 A. South Glenburnie Rd, New Bern, NC 28562, or to a charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Laura Ragan

May 27, 2013

I remember meeting Anne when I was a kid. She was my grandfather's (James Ragan) sister. She was a wonderful person.

Clifton & Patricia Barbour

December 23, 2012

Dear Larry, So sorry to about the passing of your Mother. I know you and Suzanna will miss her greatly but take confort in knowing that she is no longer in pain but in the presence of our Lord.

John Peck

December 17, 2012

Larry and family-

My sypmpathy to you and your loved ones on the passing of your mother. She truly was a delightful and uplifting lady.

John Peck

Gail and Ted Harrison

December 16, 2012

Joanne and family,
We will always miss your beautiful Mother's smile and loving ways! She has delighted our family for many years and the memories are many and all so very precious! May God bless each of you and bring you peace knowing she is at Home and is dancing with the angels!
love and deepest condolences

Eric & Michelle Noevere

December 16, 2012

Dear Larry and Family: We did not hear of Anne's passing until Friday, otherwise we would have attended the service. We'll never forget the time we spent with Anne in 1998 looking at houses. She was a delightful lady.

December 15, 2012

We were welcomed to New Bern in 1964 by the Gwaltney family, we offer our prayer to them at this time...J.Frank Efird Sr. family, Wilmington, NC

Gail and Ted Harrison

December 15, 2012

Joanne and family of dear Miss Anne,
Heaven must be rejoicing to have received such an angel that did so much good here on earth! Anne was very dear to our family and she is unforgettable! Anne's smiles, hugs and laughter always made our day, and they were constant. She loved her family so deeply and we felt loved too. We join each of you in celebrating the very special lady that she was! We pray that God brings you great comfort at this time of sadness.

Roger Priester jr

December 15, 2012

So sorry to hear of your loss. My heart and prayers are with you

Kate and Wayne Gwaltney

December 14, 2012

Larry and Suzanne: We extend our sincere sympathy is the loss of your mother. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Linda McLean

December 13, 2012

Larry & Suzanne, So sorry to hear about Ms. Anne's passing. She will be missed by many. My sympathies for you and your families