May 16, 1944 ~ March 29, 2018

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

Diane Lee Woolford Rector, 73, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018. Born in Asheville, Diane was a daughter of the late Harry Woolford and Martha Carland Woolford Roche, and was step-daughter of the late Edward Roche, and she was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rector and a daughter, Martha Seay. She attended Lee H. Edwards High School and had worked as a nursing assistant. She had formerly attended Fleet Reserve meetings. Surviving are her daughter, Shannah Brooks Chism (Chuck); sons, Dale M. Brooks and Avery Rector; grandchildren, Kirstie Collins, Clara Seay and Austin Brooks (Mamie); five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. The Rev. Tim Warren will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to the Madison County Animal Shelter, 389 Long Branch Road, Marshall, NC 28753.

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  1. Shannah ,your Momma has been one of my dearest friends for close to 40 years.Time and distance had come between us but I will always cherish our memories…! ‘ She will forever have a special place in my heart ‘ I love you…!

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  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers, may god wrap his arms around you at this difficult time. RIP mama Diane, I love you.

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  3. To my dearest, precious Moma,
    I want you to know how much I love you! What am I going to do when I need your advise? Or when I have a question about how you cooked one of your fabulous dishes? Who’s going to hold me and tell me everything is going to be alright? I’m nobody’s little girl anymore. I am going to miss you so much, but I wouldn’t have you back here in the shape you were in for anything!
    I know how tired you were and how long you had suffered through with barely a complaint! All I have now are the wonderful memories of times we shared together! Please ask God to watch over us all, we so desperately need His divine mercy and grace! I love you, please say hello to Poppy, Pappy, Martha, Daddy and all the family. Please tell them how much I love and miss them! I’ll see you later honey! Shannah

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  4. So sorry for your loss. Knew Diane from high school and we worked together at C.P.Clare Co. many years,ago.James Brooks was a family friend. And his father, Cortelyou ( sorry, not sure about the spelling), was also a family friend who I loved very dearly.Brings back many memories. Diane and I had some good times.

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