First Posted: 1/23/2009

BURGAW Ona Mae Puckett, 93, of Burgaw, and formerly of Mount Airy, died Jan. 21, 2009. She was born in Patrick County, Va., on July 5, 1915, the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Bondurant and Joellen Scales Bondurant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Puckett; and daughter, Betty Jo Puckett. She graduated from Mount Airy High School in 1933 and later received her bachelors degree from Radford College and a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ona Mae was an educator who taught school for over 40 years in the Carroll County, Va., and Mount Airy City school systems. Teaching was her passion. More than an educator, she was a person who loved her family and was always interested in how and what they were doing. Nothing pleased her more than large family gatherings on her sons and daughter-in-laws (she called her daughter) horse farm. She also enjoyed telling stories to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren about how things used to be during the depression of the 30s, war in the 40s and just growing up in a big family on a large farm in Carroll County. Her later years were spent working in the flowers with the family, reading any book she could find, and just watching the horses play. Surviving are son, Harry and his wife, Tanya Puckett, of Burgaw; daughter, Ann Kahan and husband, Dr. Barry Kahan, of Richmond, Va.; three grandchildren, Frank Puckett, Melissa Miller and Lee Kahan; and three great-grandchildren, Brice Miller, Cassidy Miller and Olivia Puckett. Additionally, she is survived by sisters, Lucy Sorensen of Tuolume, Calif., Mary Copeland of Winston-Salem, Elva Neal of Mount Airy and Gaye Robinson and her husband, Claude Robinson, of Cana, Va. Her knowledge, dry wit and sense of humor will surely be missed by all who knew her. A private family graveside service will be held in Gods Acre at Grace Moravian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to support your local hospice with your donations. Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy is assisting the Puckett family. Online condolences may be sent to www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

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