Edna Nowell, 90, passed away peacefully at her home, Wednesday March 27, 2019, in Ooltewah, Tenn., and entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She was born in Drew on Nov. 7, 1928. She lived most of her life in Sumner, where she was a public health nurse for nearly 40 years. She also became a pediatric nurse practitioner and held clinics across Tallahatchie County and the surrounding area.
She lived in a time when public health nurses went into the schools to immunize the children, thus earning the nickname “the shot lady.” Her presence in the schools sent fear and trembling throughout the building, including among the big and tough football players.
She was a member of the Sumner Baptist Church and an active member of the Women’s Missionary Union and the church choir. She went on numerous medical mission trips to Honduras.
She loved gardening.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Earl Nowell; her mother, Janie Burchfield Rollins; her father, William Patrick Rollins; a brother, Billy Rollins; three sisters, Anna Grace Guest, Donna Howarth and PaulineHardy; a grandson, Ben Nowell; her great-grandson, Brennan Nowell; and her nephew, Jamie Rollins.
She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Nowell of Ooltewah, Tenn.; three sons, Stan Nowell (Janet) of Harrison, Tenn., Pat Nowell (Rita) of Biloxi, and Jimmy Nowell (Vickie) of Overland Park, Kansas; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a number of special nieces and nephews.
Her funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Riverside Baptist Church in Clarksdale. Visitation will be at the church from 1 to 3 p.m. with the service scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Sumner.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Forgotten Children Ministries at P.O. Box 36399, Birmingham, AL 35236 or online at www.fcmhonduras.org.
Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale is handling the arrangements.