Betty Anders Snelson

betty snelson

February 23, 1928 ~ January 22, 2023

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

Betty Anders Snelson, born February 23, 1928 in Asheville NC to the late Zebulon Anders and Jesse Brown Anders, died suddenly January 22, 2023 from injuries of a fall on the 17th. She was in a rehab facility with family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband, Gay Snelson, in 2001 and her sister, Doris Nichols and brother Wayne Anders.

She is survived by her three children, Linda Snelson Mackintosh (Bruce), Nan Snelson Rountree (Marcus) and Bruce Snelson (Brenda); grandchildren, Devon Murphy (Matt), Alan Rountree, Adam Snelson, and Mark Snelson (Yamilet); and great-grandchildren, Bella Rountree, Annelise and Olivia Murphy. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Donna Nichols Wood (Lonnie) and Mike Nichols (Kathy), Cathie Anders Fitzjohn and Jeff Anders and grand nieces Larisa, Christie, Amanda, Nicole and grand nephews Alex and Randy. Her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family were the light of her life.

Betty graduated high school in Asheville and completed an Associate’s degree at Biltmore College. She married Gay Snelson in 1949 and moved to the Snelson family farm in Leicester where she lived in the same home for more than seventy years. She was a beautiful “lady” and so enjoyed getting dressed up, even to go to the grocery store. She loved being involved in her community and church. She was always willing to cook or bake for others and especially loved a community cake walk and square dance.

Betty loved us with all her heart. We shall now carry that love with us forever. The last few years were enhanced by the love and attention of caregivers Jill Penland, Loretta Rice, Teresa Penland, Sandra Cambell and Tammy Baker. We will be forever grateful for their care and compassion.

There will be a private service with Dr. Robert Blackburn of Central United Methodist Church where she was a member.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St., Asheville, NC 28801, or to the Newfound Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 6, Leicester, NC 28748.

Groce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. What a sweet & lovely lady “Mama” was, always with a smile and a hug and so very much loved by her family! I enjoyed getting to know her in recent years and will miss her at future family gatherings. Rest well in the Lord’s arms, sweet Mama!❤️

  2. Betty was a true jewel. Such a fine person. She will always be remembered . Prayers for the remaining family

  3. So sorry to hear of your mother’s pray is that God’s peace, grace and mercy be with each of you. Love and prayers 🙏

  4. Such a wonderful lady that I had the privilege of meeting and knowing. My prayers and condolences to the family.

  5. Our community has lost another treasure. I have many fond memories of Betty and her family. I pray for peace and comfort for them as they face the coming days.

  6. Family, Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She and my mom were about the same age. It’s never easy to lose a mother, but just hold in your hearts all the precious memories.

  7. thinking of this wonderful family who loved their mama with all their heart, just as she had loved you. many many memories are left for each of you to cherish.

  8. Such a beautiful lady and I’m so happy that I had the honor of meeting her. She will certainly be missed by all who knew her. Condolences to all her family.

  9. Mrs. Snelson was such a delight to be around. I’m 41 and grew up in Leicester and I had the pleasure of enjoying her company every where from church to the grocery store maybe even an event or two. The world will be a little dimmer with her not around. I know in my heart I will see her again one day but until then she will be greatly missed. Condolences to her family. So sorry for your loss.Be strong, God is with you.

  10. Bruce and Family, Larry and I were so sorry to hear about your Mother. She not only was beautiful on the outside but also on the inside. She always had a smile and a kind word to say. We feel very honored to have known her. I know you will miss her but just knowing she is in Heaven will hopefully give each of you peace. Our love and prayers are with you.

  11. I remember well all the times I was in Betty’s house with Nan in elementary school. Always was very welcoming. I know how much she loved her family and they her. Nothing takes the place of Mom. You all have my deepest sympathy.

  12. Bruce and family – So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We are so glad we had a chance to visit with you and your mom last fall. Had a wonderful time talking of old times and about family history. She was such a delightful lady and will be thoroughly missed. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  13. Bruce, Linda, Nan, and Families, so sorry for your loss. You were so blessed to have her for so many years, that don’t make the hurt any less I know. My thoughts and prayer are with each of you. Know she was loved by many.

    Marie Whitener

  14. Betty was someone I always wanted to grow up to be she was a true lady and a wonderful mentor to me during the years I was growing up on the farm.

  15. Many thoughts and memories I have of growing up and living on the farm with the family. Betty was like a second mother. She was a special lady. My thoughts and condolences are with the family.

    Vaughn Shelton

  16. I loved sitting with Betty on her porch in the summer. We talked about the clouds, sunsets, bird calls, hummingbirds, flowers and food. We loved watching basketball games together. She always made me feel welcomed and loved, and I loved her. It was an honor to have been one of her caregivers.
    My sincere condolences to her family.


  17. Linda, Nannie & Bruce My very first memories is of Betty Gay and Mom at my grandmothers house on Brownwood I could not have been more than 4. I still have fond memories of the summers spent on the farm. I cannot express how much I loved your mother and how I will miss her.

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