Aileen Ruth McCrain

aileen mccrain

December 23, 1927 ~ February 16, 2023

Born in: Kingston, TN
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Aileen Ruth McCrain, 95, passed away February 16, 2023, at the John F. Keever Solace Center.

A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of of A.L. and Ruth Worrell Gambill. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond McCrain; a son, Tommy McCrain; a granddaughter, April Peters; three sisters, Kathleen Foster, Mary Robertson, and Marie Button.

She is survived by one daughter, Tina McCrain Bashor (George); three sons, Jerry McCrain (Patti), Michael McCrain (Barbara), and Timothy McCrain (Theresa); daughter-in-law, Pamela Hough; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Aileen was a graduate of Oakley High School and Asheville-Biltmore College. After retiring as secretary for Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School, she worked several more years as Secretary/Treasurer for Groce United Methodist Church of which she was a member for many years. She was active in the UM Women’s Group and Linus Quilting Group, making quilts for deserving children.

The funeral service is planned for Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Groce United Methodist Church on Tunnel Road with visitation with the family one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Gerald Davis will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805. The burial will follow in Lewis Memorial Park.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: February 21, 2023 2:00 pm

Groce United Methodist Church
954 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805


Visitation: February 21, 2023 1:00 pm

Groce United Methodist Church
954 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805


Burial: February 21, 2023 3:30 pm

Lewis Memorial Park
415 Beaverdam Road
Asheville, NC 28804


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  1. I love you Aunt Aileen. You were an amazing, kind, generous woman who was strong. Being an early widow in life, you raised a beautiful family with generations that will continue your legacy. I’m thankful you are no longer in pain and reunited with loved ones and Jesus! I love you. 😘

  2. To the Family of a Beautiful Christian Lady,
    My deepest sympathies to all of You because of Your loss.
    Aileen was such a beautiful, happy Lady and seemed like She was always smiling.
    May God Bless you during this time of sadness but remember She is with God and Her Family in Heaven.
    My sympathies are with all of You. God loves you…

    Barbara Buchanan

  3. I think of you all in these days of grieving, especially just now during your Mom’s service. It was a privilege to care for Aileen and get to hear her stories, and her love for all of you. May you have comfort and rest now in the love of God, which surrounds you.

  4. Aileen was the church secretary at Emmanuel when we moved to Asheville in 1987. She was a lovely lady and such a joy to work with. And she made beautiful, delicious cakes for special occasions. Rest in peace Aileen.

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