Wilma Spann Carney

Born in McEwen, TN on December 5, 1927

Departed on September 15, 2016 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Wilma Blanche Spann Carney, age 88 of Nashville, TN went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

Wilma was born in McEwen, TN on December 5, 1927, daughter to the late Alvester & Blanche Spann.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Allen Carney.

Survivors include her children, Sally (William) Fox & Pat (Bill) Wade; grandsons, Jake (Julie) Wade & Kaeleb Wade; great grandchildren, Easton, Taylor Grace, Tyler & Austin.

Her career began with the Oak Ridge Manhattan Project, and thereafter included approximately 20 years as Administrative Assistant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, followed by approximately 30 years as Executive Aide with the Tennessee State Legislature.

Wilma enjoyed dancing, including competitive ballroom dancing and clogging.  She loved music, including singing with the Sweet Adelines and playing piano.

The family will receive friends on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN 37221.

A celebration of Wilma’s life will be conducted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Church of the Advent Episcopal, 5501 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220. There will be an hour visitation prior to the service.

8 Comments to Wilma Spann Carney

  1. Sharon and John Coogle
    September 17, 2016 6:25 pm

    Such a lovely and talented lady, probably dancing away in her beautiful new home above.

  2. Shannon Pearson
    September 18, 2016 7:49 pm

    Such a sweet and kind lady. Always had such class and confidence about her. She will be missed.

  3. Nancy and Rick Columbia
    September 19, 2016 11:18 am

    Such a lovely lady.

  4. Michelle Hale
    September 19, 2016 2:03 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of her passing. Wilma was such a classy, special person. Her legislative family still thinks of her often.

    Prayers and condolences for the family.

    Michelle Hale and former Representative Dale Ford

    • Pat Carney Wade
      December 16, 2016 10:09 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. She loved her work at the Legislature and spoke highly of you and Representative Ford. She has a baseball signed by him and was proud to have it.

  5. Joan Achuff
    September 20, 2016 10:49 am

    I knew Wilma at Vanderbilt and later at the TN Legislature. She was always the ultimate professional and was diligent in everything she did. I never had the opportunity to see her dance but knew she was talented in many areas. Blessings on her in her new life.

    • Pat Carney Wade
      December 16, 2016 10:15 pm

      Mother enjoyed her time at Vanderbilt with Dr. Grant Little and Dr. Friesinger. Thank you for your kind expression of sympathy. She loved to dance is dancing in heaven.

  6. Deana Guenther
    September 21, 2016 2:54 pm

    I met Wilma when she first came on-board with the Tennessee Legislature. I enjoyed her daily smiles, friendship and kindness. She was a charming lady who loved her family and friends and will truly be missed by all who knew her. My sincere sympathy goes to her family.

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