Nelda Renee Imes was born in Iredell County, N.C., on February 15, 1955, to Ray J. Imes and Vivian Grey Imes. She passed away on October 3, 2023.

She graduated from Far Rockaway High School in Far Rockaway, N.Y. She began her career in the medical field working at St. John Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, Queens. She was passionate about taking care of others and she was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, niece, aunt and cousin. To know her is to love her.

She loved to cook and listen to music. She enjoyed life. Her calling was to do for others whether it was cleaning, cooking, making others feel great, and she was quick to speak life onto you from New York to North Carolina once she relocated to Iredell County She jumped right back into the medical field, working as a home health aide as well as a chef selling plates in the neighborhood. She gave motherly love to everyone she crossed paths with. A lot of people called her Ma.

She started working at an assisted living Mill Creek Manor In Statesville, N.C., where she passed away doing what she loved most — taking care of others. She will truly be missed.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Vivian Gray Imes; brothers, Johnny Ray Imes and Terrence and Alfred Imes; and a niece, Natasha Imes.

She leaves to cherish memories of her life her father Ray (Annie) Imes; one son, Kawon Kaycee Imes; one daughter, Kamesha Queen Imes; one goddaughter, Dale Wise; grandchildren, Storm Imes, Damesha Imes, Nicole Williams, Bless Imes and Faith Imes; one brother, Jeffrey Imes; two sisters, Alfreda Redmon and Catina Imes; one brother-in-law, Christopher Hill; an aunt, Nellie McCarthy; a host of nieces nephews cousins other relatives and dear friends.

Celebration of Life services are incomplete at this time.

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Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Imes family.

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