Ila Mae Townsend

  • Born: September 12, 1926
  • Died: August 16, 2018
  • Location: Owensboro, Kentucky

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory

900 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303

Tel. (270) 683-1505

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ila Mae Townsend, 91, of Owensboro, peacefully entered Heaven on Thursday, August 16, 2018. She was born in Patsy, Kentucky to the late Sylvester and Mandy Stewart Townsend.

"Mae Mae", as we all called her, was genuinely the most amazing person, always smiling and laughing. She was most definitely the best cook, and if you never got to taste her fantastic cherry pie or fried chicken, then you truly missed out! She adored her family and loved spending time with them. If you knew Mae Mae, you knew how golden her heart was and what a wonderful person she was. She had the sweetest soul, and no one can ever replace her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Elza, Verlin, Sherman and Robert Townsend; a niece, Rosa Gabbard and her husband, Sam (whom Mae lived with for many years); and a great-nephew, Gary Gabbard.

Ms. Townsend is survived by great-great-nieces, Carey Lynn Richards, her husband Donnie and their children, (with whom Mae lived), Ashley Shown and Aleah Gabbard; great-great-nephews, Michael Gabbard and his wife Caryn and Rob Gabbard and his wife Tina; great-nephew, Kimble Gabbard, all of Owensboro; several great-great-great nieces and nephews; and extended Townsend family.

Private burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery.

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Condolence & Memory Journal


Loved Aunt Ila looking forward to being with her and our family at the gathering.

Posted by Jean Purvis - Dayton, OH - Family   September 10, 2018

Carey, We are so sorry about Mae, she was truly a wonderful and very special woman. I wish I could have seen her after she moved, our whole family loved Mae. She was such a caring and loving lady and she always treated everyone the same. She will be missed.

Posted by Deborah Dohoney - Rockport, IN   August 25, 2018

May you find comfort and peace in your memories of your loved one. May the God of peace comfort you. 2Thessalonians 2:16

Posted by A friend   August 21, 2018

During this time of great sorrow and pain, know that you are not alone. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this time of loss. As you remember your beloved one, may our Father, the God of peace, give you comfort and peace in every way today, tomorrow, and always. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Posted by Monica    August 20, 2018

Mae.I loved you very very much.My heart won't let my head think well enough to type much. I have missed you the last 24:months . we lived together for 56: years.It was easy to love you,. .I never met anyone that knew you..that didnt love you.Mae..I'm all alone now, I'll think about and love you everyday..just like I always have. You are not the type of person people forget... there was much unsaid..I wish we had of talked ...but.i will pray for and talk to you each day. Just like I always have

Posted by Kimble Gabbard - Owensboro, KY - Family   August 20, 2018

Dear Carey, I am so sorry to hear of your Mae Mae's passing. I know how special she was to you and your family. You are in my thoughts, prayers and caring. Love you. Sharon Whittinghill

Posted by Sharon Whittinghill - Owensboro, KY - Friend   August 19, 2018


Mae Mae, I love & miss you so very much. Our lives will never be the same without you. You had the most precious sweetest soul then anyone I've ever known. Thank you for loving me and caring for me all of my life. Not everyone in this world is lucky enough to say they had a Mae Mae, but I was sure blessed to be able to say I did. I love you.

Posted by Carey Richards - Owensboro, KY - Family   August 19, 2018

Aunt Ila was God's servant and would do any thing to help any one who needed it. She was the kindest and most loved person in our family. She had special memories of everyone she had met. She was a great help to me on the Townsend family history. She is missed by all my family and there is no one in this world that would be able to replace her.

Posted by Jean Purvis - Dayton, OH - Family   August 18, 2018

Family Album

Community Photos

Aunt Ila with her mother Mandy and brother Robert.
Aunt Ila at Mt Chapel Meeting House. She loved testifying at church.
Ila Mae Townsend