Brenda Rice Murray
July 26, 1941 ~ December 30, 2002
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Brenda Rice Murray, 61, of Old Leicester Highway, Asheville, died Monday, December 30, 2002, at her home after an extended illness. Mrs. Murray was born July 26, 1941, in McDowell County to the late Elzie R. and Cassie Rymer Rice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston R. Murray who died October 12, 2001, and by a sister, Pegge Vines. She was a 1959 graduate of Clyde A. Erwin High School and attended Western Carolina University. She was previously employed as an Administrative Assistant in the Culinary Arts Department of A-B Tech. She was active in the Guardian Ad Litem Program in the early 1990’s and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was also an accomplished artist and musician. Brenda touched the lives of many through her love, joy and sense of humor. She is survived by her daughters Melanie L. Rice and Whitney J. Ponder, both of Asheville; a sister Polly R. Adams and her husband Calvin Adams of Melbourne, FL; and a foster daughter Mary Worley of Leicester. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Earlynne Bartley officiating. Burial will be at Green Hills Cemetery. Her family will receive friends from 7- 8:30 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.