May 28, 1929 ~ September 25, 2017

Born in: Wilmington, NC,
Resided in: Bakersville, North Carolina

Elizabeth “Betty” Gryder, 88, formerly of Asheville, passed away at her home in Bakersville, NC, on Monday, September 25, 2017. Born in Wilmington, NC, Betty was a daughter of the late Maybelle Davis. Betty moved to Asheville where she married her husband and raised their five children. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Crawford Gryder; her son, Stephen Brian Gryder; and her brother, Doug Davis. Mrs. Gryder is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Watkins (Larry), Nancy Gryder (Pam), and Cathy Bradburn (Max); her son, Matthew Gryder (Tammy); her sisters, Joyce and Fay; her brother-in-law, Dan; her grandchildren, Josh, Shannon, Chase, and Ethan; and many other family members and friends. Betty was a beloved mother, wife, sister, and friend to many. She enjoyed creating beauty through her seamstress work and gardening. She was the CFO for many years of Mars Hill Dry Kiln, which she owned and operated with her husband, taught Sunday School, was active in PTA, and always welcomed the neighborhood children into their home. Betty was an inspiration to many through her Christian walk of faith, through her daily devotions, through her loving kindness and her humor. A Celebration of Life service to honor Mrs. Gryder will be on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Groce Funeral Home Chapel on Patton Avenue in Asheville with the Rev. Pam Vesely officiating. Inurnment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Her family will receive friends before the service from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the Mitchell County Hospice and Palliative Care, 236 Hospital Dr., Spruce Pine, NC 28777, or to your local hospice center.

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  1. Betty – full of grace, love, kindness, compassion, gentleness and sweetness. We were blessed to have the best. Though this is a loss you will never get over, be comforted with all your special memories and the reunion we will have some day. My heart aches for all of you.

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  2. So sorry to hear your mom has passed away. I have many memories of walking into the kitchen to be greated by her and granny with such genuine kindness and love. Sometimes I just wanted to stay there and enjoy her smile and hospitality and there were more than a few times when that’s what I should have done!
    I love you all very much and pray God’s comfort and peace for you in this time.
    Your moms infectious smile and her sweet spirit will forever live in my memory.
    I have been truly blessed to have been loved by your mom and always felt welcomed as part of your family.
    Joe Cottrell

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  3. So sorry to hear of her passing. I am so thankful that you allowed me the opportunity to stay with Grandma. She was a pleasure to talk with. It was very obvious from what she talked about that she loved her family,was very proud of her family, looked forward to seeing her husband in Heaven and always tried to see the good side of people. I look forward to meeting her in Heaven and Howard her husband some day. Katie and I will miss seeing her smiling face and watching TV with her. Again, from both of us, thank you for allowing us to be a part of such a precious soul. May God give you peace in knowing she is happy and healthy.

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