Barbara "Bobbie" Mashburn Garren


March 15, 1933 ~ October 20, 2023

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Morganton, NC

Barbara “Bobbie” Mashburn Garren, 90, of Morganton, passed away Friday, October 20, 2023.

A native of Buncombe Co., Barbara was a daughter of the late Clifton Avery Mashburn, Sr. and Joan Burch Mashburn.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Robert D. Garren, her son, Robert Davies Garren, Jr., sister, Jerry Crawford, and brother, Clifton A. Mashburn, Jr.

Mrs. Garren is survived by her daughters, Ashley Stewart (Alan) and Kristi Dockery (Daniel); grandchildren, Garren Stewart (Erin), Grant Avery Dockery (Erica), Gentry Wade (Hunter) and Myers Stewart; and a brother, Norman Mashburn (Betty).

Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22 in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with Rev. Dr. Daniel Dockery officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 23 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pregnancy Care Center of Catawba Valley, P.O. Box 9423, Hickory, NC 28603.


Funeral Service: October 22, 2023 5:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: October 23, 2023 11:00 am

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Rd.
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Dear Gentry, Hunter and Family, My deepest sympathy for your loss of your beloved matriarch. Her smile tells of her love. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Kristie, we are so very sorry for your loss and that of your family. I wish we could be there with you. How wonderful to know she is with our Lord, and how wonderful that you had her as long as you did, and I know that gives you all comfort, but I also know you will miss her every day and wish you talk to her one more time. We will be praying for all of you. We know God will comfort you. We love you and Daniel and all your family
    Obie and Brenda

  3. So very sorry to hear of Mrs. Garren passing. So many wonderful memories of her, Dr. Garren, the Garrens and Mashburns. We will see them all again. God bless and comfort you all. Much love.

  4. Dear Kristi,
    How sad that we didn’t get that last visit with our Sand Hill classmate.
    I’m recovering from a broken femur so won’t be able to make the service on Sunday.
    Sending love and condolences to you and your family.
    Caroline Taylor

  5. Kristi , Daniel and family , so sorry to hear of your lost . She has a wonderful daughter in you , God bless.

  6. She was a beautiful sweet lady loved by so many. I am honored to have been able to get to know her recently. Sending love and prayers for you all at this difficult time

  7. thinking of you all during this time. you mom & dad were such special people to me, and they loved their family and were so proud of each of you. may wonderful memories comfort you during the coming days and weeks. we can rejoice that we will see them both again. with much love

  8. Bob and Bobbie were two of our best friends, we had some really good times together. They both were very important in my life. You have my most sincere support in prayer for you all.

  9. Dear Ashley,
    I am sorry for your loss of your mom. The memory of your mom that stands out in my mind is when you and I were Junior Marshalls for the Class of ’83 graduation and our moms worked together to get our dresses fixed. Remember those cumber buns? I also remember when you hosted various get togethers of student council and our initial class reunion planning meetings at her house in Woodside Hills. She and your dad were always so very supportive of us. I will always remember them both for that.
    Love you, sending prayers and thinking of you and your family.
    Melinda (Penland) Clark

  10. Kristi and Ashley,
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    My Mom cherished the special friendship with your Mom.

    Keeping your family in our prayers.
    Steve & Pam

  11. Dear Ashley and Kristi:

    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. What dear friends both your parents were to us–all the travels, conversations, etc., will never be forgotten. She was such a lovely, sincere, and caring person who will be missed but left a legacy and an example of how we should treat each other.
    Best wishes to both of you and the entire family.

    Lowell Smith

  12. Dear Ashley, Kristi, Gentry & the rest of the family, it’s so hard to believe she’s not here anymore, but she’s with our Lord & we will see her & the rest of the family who have passed away! Still it’s hard when we don’t have them here with us anymore! God Bless you all!

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