Iretta Kindley Wang

Wednesday, August 5, 1942 - Wednesday, July 1, 2020

In Loving Memory of Our Mother

Photo of Iretta Kindley Wang  - 1942-2020

Iretta Kindley Wang, age 77, was born August 5,1942 in Marietta, Georgia and passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 . She had made her home in Bryson City , North Carolina for the past 20 years.

Our Mother is now joined in Heaven with her father, Reverend Edward J. Kindley and her mother, Charlotte Pearl Kinley. Also her brothers, Edward Jerome Kindley and Jonas H. Kindley, all who she so dearly loved.

 Mother read her Bible most every day or night and she loved to have conversations about it- the Gospels mostly and the profound love of Jesus Christ and His purpose.  She wanted others to know the meaning of “God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit “and how The Three came to be and work in our lives as Christians.

 Our Mother was an avid reader and she read more than anyone we have ever known. She read about American history, presidents to preachers, saints, books of healing to books of adventure.  She even read all of Tom Clancy’s books.

She worked on the history of our family tree for decades, finding little by little a treasure of information about our ancestry dating back to the 13 colonies and countries of origin. Mother deeply loved her country and the American family, regardless of its past sins and flaws.  Our Mother believed America to be the greatest nation that stood for good in the history of the world.  She held a special place in her heart filled with love for the United States of America Veterans, with an abundance of veterans in our family and also as our friends. 

Our Mother was always teaching us, decades past our formal public education.  She was forever saying, “I am reading the most interesting book” but actually she was the most interested in what her family was reading and doing in their lives.  Mother was always happy to see or hear from any of her family. We all knew she had to have the “patience of Job.”

Our Mother is survived by her sons, Randy, Jerry and Terry Russell; nine grandchildren; twenty great -grandchildren ; her sisters, Louise Moss and Betty Jo; many nieces and nephews and others that loved her dearly.

Mother loved us all unconditionally. She believed that everyone was special and had the gift that they could truly achieve anything they wanted and she encouraged each of us to do so. Always saying that it was never too late to start or to even start again. Mother was truly humble and grateful for everything and she was never too tired or sick to comfort and console others. Our Mother was thoughtful in every sense of the word and her heart was filled with empathy and sympathy. However, her greatest virtue was her forgiveness to others.  She forgave with such a profound love that everyone could feel it and see it in her eyes.  Our Mother would seek out those who were hurting , those who needed comfort  and those who needed prayer. She was always thinking of others more than herself.  She had been fasting for God, doing without many times for the good of others. Our Mother was the best of us all and our world is less without her. We thank you Lord for our Mother.  

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for Iretta and her family.            


Condolences from family and friends

My love and sympathies to everyone. Aunt Ikie will be greatly missed.
Ched Kindley
We will miss Ikie’s infectious laughter and her beautiful soul.
Dale Melton
This is Susan - Linda (Gulley) Griffin's second child. I have not seen Aunt "Ikey" for many years but my mother loved her and we became Facebook friends several years ago. I could always count on her for a loving and positive comment, and I always appreciated that. She was a very kind woman. Condolences to all of you. Susan
Susan Quigley
I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I always called her Ikey, she was my second cousin. I remember her, Junebug and Jonie as being so sweet, kind and so much fun to be with. I hadn't seen your mom since I was a young girl but reconnected on Facebook a few years ago. I told her then I didn't know her name was Iretta cause I just knew her as Okey. I'm so sorry we didn't get together in our last year's, my prayers are with your family as I know you will miss her smiles and laughter.
Jackie. Weaver Johnson
Ikie was my first cousin, I just heard of her passing, we had some fun times when we were young, we talked about things we did the last time we talked , I’m so sorry you are all in my prayers
Carol tanner
so sorry to hear she is gone. I was a nieghbor of hers at twin oaks. I've known her 4 the past 7 n a half years. very sweet and kind lady. I will miss her.
lynn smith