November 22, 1938 ~ April 17, 2022

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

Catherine C. Lance, 83, died at home on Sunday, April 17, 2022 after a long illness.

A native and lifelong resident of Buncombe Co., she was the daughter of the late John Walter Craig and Malinda Ballard Craig. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Owen and Lou Ellen Lewis, and by three brothers, Howard, Clarence and Lewis Craig.

Mrs. Lance retired from American Enka, and more recently worked for Enka Florist.

She is survived by her husband, Herman W. Lance; two step-children, Gary Lance and his wife June, who have been her caregivers, and Janice Daniels and her husband Nick; 2 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including one special niece, Margaret Lewis.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. The family requests that masks are to be worn.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with Pastor Tony Hooper officiating.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be made to The WNC Bridge Foundation, 294 Overlook Rd., Asheville NC 28803.


Visitation: April 20, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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


Graveside Service: April 21, 2022 2:00 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Prayers for Herman and the family. Catherine always was a star in her own way. I feel blessed that Herman and Catherine found each other. I will always think of the coconut cakes when I think about her. God’s blessings to you all.

  2. To the family of Catherine Lance:

    Prayers and comfort to you in the passing of Catherine. I have fond memories of her as I worked with her at American Enka. She was very smart, very loving and giving and always willing to help someone else. May the good memories you have of her live on in your heart and bring you peace.

  3. My sincere condolences to the family. I pray that you all will be comforted by God’s grace and all the happy memories you have with Catherine.

  4. So Sorry for your families loss what a precious lady she was , I know she will be greatly missed by all . May God give you comfort during this time of loss.

  5. Catherine was a very good friend of mine. She will be greatly missed. Tell Wayne hello and that I miss him for me Catherine. I am praying for the family. I know and trust God will take care of everyone of them.


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