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Anna Wallen

Anna Ruth Wallen (Coates)

Wednesday, March 21st, 1928 - Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
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Anna Ruth Coates Wallen, age 92, of Weaverville, went to Heaven on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. She was born in Madison County, NC, on March 21, 1928 to Abram L. Coates, Sr. and Pattie Rice Coates.

A graduate of Cecil’s Business College, Ann was the secretary for many years at Camp Sequoyah, a prestigious private boys’ summer camp located in the mountains of Weaverville. In the beginning, she had the pleasure of being employed by the camp’s founder, Mr. C. Walton Johnson. After the camp closed in the late 1970’s, she held fond memories of her tenure there as one of the highlights of her life.

A member of Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church, Ann was active in the Senior Citizens Group for as long as her health would permit. She loved traveling with Christian Tours. One of the highlights was a trip to Nova Scotia.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gary Wallen, Sr., as well as brothers A.L., Paul, Harold and Farold, also sisters Clara Ramsey, Portia Davis and Pauline Phillips, as well as her beloved grandson, Justin Abram Wallen. She is survived by her son, Robert Gary Wallen, Jr. and wife Eleanor, daughter Janet Fawcett and husband Jon, grandchildren; Robby Wallen (Luana), Rachel Marin, Spencer Wallen (Jill), Jonathan Fawcett (Keeli), Emily Fawcett Henson (Matt), several great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A private graveside service was held at Ashelawn Garden of Memory with her children and grandchildren in attendance. In her memory, donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse at PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or at the following link: ­­­­­

A special note of appreciation to our friends who continued to show love and concern for our mother, known to many as Nanny, and for us during this most difficult time. Your prayers, calls, and texts served as a great source of comfort and strength.

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Vickie Wilson

Posted at 01:55pm
Janet and Gary,
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Now you both can look to the day you can be reunited with her, and those who have already gone to Heaven. You are in my prayers and thoughts.
Vickie Higgins Wilson

Pete Landry

Posted at 10:17am
Janet & Gary,

I was deeply saddened to learn of your mother's passing. I have nothing but wonderful memories of working with your mom at Sequoyah. Her strength and quiet (but sometimes deadly) sense of humor helped me in so many ways on a daily basis. I hope that you can take comfort in knowing that your mother personified "a life well lived". Pete Landry

Terry Rogers

Posted at 07:31am
Gary and Janet,
No matter how old we are, it’s never easy to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve. May God comfort each of you and your family members during this difficult time.
Terry Rogers

Love, Stephen and Paula

Posted at 08:58pm
Our deepest sympathy, Gary, Eleanor and family. We love you dearly and are praying for Gods comfort today and the days ahead. May you feel His love.
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