Angela Marie Solesbee

angela solesbee

February 9, 1969 ~ March 9, 2024

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Angela Marie Solesbee, 55, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2024 surrounded by her closest friends and family. Her long, arduous battle with breast cancer had ended.

A native of Swannanoa, Angie was the daughter of the late Dorothy nee McMahan and Arthur Solesbee. She was preceded in death by her beloved brothers, Bobby Gene and David.

Angie is survived by her cherished life-partner of 33 years, Irene Hebert. Others left to grieve include her sister, Pamela Ward, brothers, Mark and Carl Solesbee, niece Leah, and nephews Tyler, Brian, Seth and David.

A graduate of Owen High School, Angie initially worked as an EMT with the Buncombe County Fire Department. Her quick thinking and clinical insight made her a natural for emergency situations. As a first responder, she saved many accident victims with her instinctive life-saving skills. Completing her LPN at ABTech, Angie embarked on a remarkable 30-year career at Mission Hospital, beginning as transporter in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and progressively working her way up to staff manager.

After earning her RN, Angie assumed and developed the position of Code STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Coordinator, facilitating the emergent transfer of any patient in Western NC meeting heart attack criteria to Mission’s Cath Lab to limit heart damage and ultimately save lives. A gifted organizer, she seamlessly coordinated EMS, Regional ERs, as well as the on-call interventional crew, ER staff and emergency transport at Mission. An exceptional patient advocate, Angie would often personally greet the patient at the ER door, accompanying them swiftly to the interventional suite. Her outstanding work was recognized nationally by the STEMI credentialing organization which asked about publishing her criteria for widespread use.

Angie’s tireless efforts to improve the urgent care of heart attack patients continued despite the toll of recurrent cancer. Once unable to continue, she was sorely missed by hospital staff, who quickly realized no one individual could handle the work load she accomplished with ease.

Beyond career, Angie was an avid gardener, accomplished fisherman, enthusiastic traveler, lifelong learner, and lover of music. Her best times in life were at the beach with her feet in the sand or her hands proudly displaying her latest catch.

Her family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 16, at Groce Funeral Home chapel on Tunnel Rd. A Celebration of Angie’s Life will follow at 11:00 am. Rev. Mark Snyder will officiate. Interment will thereafter take place at Mountain View Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, Irene and Angie ask that memorials be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Celebration of Life: March 16, 2024 11:00 am

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Visitation: March 16, 2024 10:00 am

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805



Mountain View Memorial Park
392 Tabernacle Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. I still feel like it’s a dream. I just can’t believe it.
    Angie will be missed by so many people. Especially
    Her family and friends. She always had a smile on
    her face. She was always there to help out when she could.
    Angie we all loved you and you will be missed a lot <3

  2. I became somewhat acquainted with Angie and Irene when they hosted a baby shower for my sister Karen before the birth of our nephew David . That little boy has and is such a blessing and inspiration for my life . Just in case folk do not know, Angie’s intelligent contributions to the medical field will out live her . Angie was an integral part of one of the best heart centers in the nation . If one is a inhospital patient you could be a recipient of Angie’s knowledge and not know. Having had two very dear love ones who recently benefitted from critical heart health care I know the value of folk like Angie . Thank you Angie . Harold & Lucille Conner

  3. Irene and family will be in my prayers. I was blessed to know Angie as a coworker at Mission for many years. Her skill and depth of caring for patients and families were solid examples for all of us to follow. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

    • I am so sadden to read about Angie’s passing. Angie was a great nurse and I always enjoyed working with her. Angie always had a beautiful smile and a great inspiration to everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with Irene and her family. RIP Angie and enjoy soaring with the angels and being in God’s presence.

  4. Angie you will forever hold a special place in my heart. So many times you were there for me and my son David Solesbee. You were the best Sister-In-Law anyone could ask for. My prayers and thoughts will be with Irene, Carl, Pam and Mark and the rest of her family.

  5. There are so many memories from our time in the Cath lab and I can’t help but smile at most of them. Angie was driven to accomplish what ever she set her mind to , and usually excelled at it. She and Irene vacationed in Fort Myers several times over the years and I so enjoyed our time of catching up. She could make me laugh like no other, I will miss you my friend. Irene you know where I am , please know all you need to do is call. Prayers and hugs to all she leaves behind.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. Angie was a funny, compassionate, kind person. I was her co-worker at Mission in the cath lab. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

  7. Angie will be missed. She was such a giving and generous person. Always willing to give of herself and her time. A sweet spirit and a good heart. Irene, please know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Irene ~ You and Angie’s family are in our thoughts and in our hearts. John and I are so saddened to learn of Angie’s passing.

  9. I taught Angie at Owen. Then as we both ended up in nursing we reconnected. She was an amazing person and healthcare provider.

  10. I am so very sorry to hear of Angie’s passing. My thoughts and sympathy go out to Irene and Angie’s family. May your hearts find peace in knowing that her long battle is over, although she is gone far too soon.

  11. Angie was a wonderful friend and even more wonderful person. We went thru the Nursing School Bootcamp together many years ago and she always managed to make us smile even on the hardest days. Such an amazingly smart and strong woman. You will be missed by many, Angie. Fly high with the angels as you deserve to. Sending prayers to all of her family. 🙏🏼🩵

  12. Angie was always a wonderful coworker. She had a huge heart and a passion for her work. Angie you are sorely missed!

  13. I was lucky enough to have worked with Angie. During a difficult time in my life Angie was so supportive, encouraging and understanding. A testament to who she was. My prayers for Irene and all her family.

  14. Angie was a tall treasure. A great loss and far too soon. Irene, I’m so sorry. May you find comfort in the many memories you shared together.

  15. My deepest heartfelt sympathy in the passing of Angie , prayers for the family, and friends as they journey through this difficult time.sending my love Kathy Hill

  16. Angie was a bright and beautiful light in this world. Her kind, compassionate and loving spirit touched the lives of so many. I pray for Irene and Angie’s family that they may be comforted in their time of sadness and grief. Much love to you all.

  17. Lisa & I are very grateful to have had the blessing of knowing Angie. When I had my cardiac event 13 years ago, Angie was there, and she used her quick action and skills, in which we are very thankful for. When we attended Irene’s retirement party at the house, Angie greeted us with her warm smile and welcoming personality. Please know that Irene and family will be in our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace.

  18. I am so, so sorry to hear this..
    Angie was a great person, I cut her hair for years and we had the best conversations. Sending my very best to Irene.

  19. Angie was so sweet and supportive during my time at Mission. My thoughts and prayers for her family as they mourn her passing.

  20. In late 1993 Angie saved my son’s life. He was inpatient at Thom’s after a near fatal wreck. He had aTBI , & Angie, with no hesitation , jumped into action one day , when he had an emergency. She was the only one in the room who knew what to do. I always knew when Angie was there , everything would all be alright.I told her she was meant to go far in medicine. Angie was my 3rd cousin. Thank you Angie. You were truly special in so many ways, to so many. Lord Jesus comfort all those left behind , especially her family. Carl I’m so sorry.

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