Mrs. Edythe Louise O'Kelley Kanupp, 86, of Skyland, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015, after a period of declining health. A daughter to the late Monty and Dora Rhodes O'Kelley, Mrs. Kanupp was born on September 13, 1929, in Candler along with her twin sister, Evelyn O'Kelley Smith, who survives her. She is also survived by her sister, Inez Bennett, of Tampa, FL; daughters, Sharon Carter (Myron), of Fletcher, Sandy Kanupp, of Arden, and Brenda Burnette (Emery), of Asheville; a son, Rusty Kanupp, (Keitha), of Weaverville; grandchildren, Shannon Carter (Ken Brown), of Flowery Branch, GA, Sherrie Williams (Henry), of Angier, NC, Rusty Kanupp, Jr., of Weaverville, Daniel Burnette, of Asheville, and Jordan Kanupp, of Weaverville; great-grandson, Ryker Burnette, of Skyland; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friend, Ed McElrath, of Mills River, and special caregivers, Margaret Reed and Emily Cody. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Eugene B. Kanupp; son, Larry Keith; granddaughter, Autumn Brittany; sisters, Lily Thompson and Margaret Langer, and brothers, Marcel, Dayton and Zackie. She graduated from Candler High School in 1949. She was a member of Trinity of Fairview, where she served as Sunday School and Bible School teacher and song leader. She was also a 4-H leader for many years. She loved her family above all else and supported her children and grandchildren through many years of sports and 4-H and school activities. She never met a stranger and her children teased her about how she could "work a room." She enjoyed watching the Braves play and was an avid Tar Heels basketball fan. As a teenager, she worked at the old Pisgah Inn and the candy counter at Woolworth's, in downtown Asheville. In later years, she worked for NCDA's Market News Office, and retired from the Buncombe Co. Tax Collector's Office. Her family wishes to thank the staff at Asheville Specialty Hospital, CarePartners, Givens Health Center, and Four Seasons Hospice for their kind and compassionate care. A funeral service for Mrs. Kanupp will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Revs. Stacey Harris and Judson Hall officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Churchyard, in Fletcher. Her family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be made to the Skyland Fire Department, 9 Miller Rd., Skyland, NC 28776.

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  1. Hayes and I extend our condolences to the family. We remember Edythe and your family with fondness. Will be thinking of you and praying for comfort
    to you during this time.

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  2. Me and Chris both are praying for you guys. She will be very missed and I am very blessed to have been able to take care of Mrs. Kanupp while she was at givens. We will be thinking of you while during this time

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  3. Sandy, I am sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was always pleasant and kind to me. She had such a beautiful smile. Remember all the good times and be thankful you had a good mom for so many years. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.. I love you and think of you often.

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  4. So sorry to hear of your loss. We know it’s been a hard road to go down. Our prayers for the whole family to have a peace in the coming weeks. We had meet your Mom at the wedding and I remember she was the life of the shower and was always smiling.

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  5. So sorry to hear of the loss of this sweet lady I went to school with Rusty and knew Sandy my heart goes out to you all

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  6. No matter how old we are, we are never prepared for the loss of those we love
    My prayers and love go out to you and your family during this time of loss.
    May God bless you all. With a special wish for my dear friend Sandy . Teresa Martin Hamner , Greeneville Tn. 423-329-1904

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  7. Sandy, so sorry about your Mom. Prayers for your support from the Lord.
    I remember some great conversations we had at Open Doors and times I was working with Joan on something 🙂 ….. Take care … If I remember correctly , memories will continue to surface ! Peggy Kernodle

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  8. Dearest Sandy,

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. I know how hard it is when you lose your parents. It is a blessing to know that we will see them again. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  9. Sandy, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The Lord will get you through this rough time in your life. Love you!

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  10. Sympathy is extended to the Kanupp family on your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May good memories substain you though times ahead.

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  11. Sandy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss! I hope happy memories will help you through this difficult time. You and your family are in my thoughts.

    -c

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  12. Sandy, I was sorry to read of your Mother’s passing. You & your family were always so close & I hope all the good memories will help each of you get through the coming days ahead. Loved both pictures of her in the paper. I was lucky to get to know her when she worked in the Tax Collection Office & I worked across the hall. Then I came to work at the Extension Office & got to know you as well & a lot of your family members. My thoughts & prayers go out to all the family.

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  13. Sandy,
    Saddened to hear about your loss. My thoughts will be with you and your family..
    Regretfully,
    Travis Burke
    Interim Assoc. Dean, Director NC Cooperative Extension

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  14. Sandy, so sad to learn of your mom’s passing. May you find comfort from The Lord during this time and may you also find comfort in knowing you did everything you could to make your mother’s life as comfortable as possible. You were a daughter to her.

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  15. Sandy, your mother will be forever in your heart and her legacy will live on forever in you and the rest of the family. God has called another Angel home and she will be watching over you each minute of every day. During this time of bereavement, take the take to reflect on all the good times and great memories and laugh every chance you get…she would want that for you!

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  16. Sandy and Kanupp Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I saw this in Sundays Asheville Citizen Times News Paper and called my mom, Elizabeth Taylor to let her know. Your mom was a wonderful lady as I remember her well when I got to go to the Tax Office as a kid to see my mom, Edythe and others. My mother and your mom and family are very close friends and cherish the memories and friendship we have together. our thoughts and prays are with all of you and hope you will stay in touch. Blessings, Jon Gray (828) 665-8688 and mother Elizabeth Taylor (828) 686-3564.

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  17. Sandy,

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. May she be wrapped in God’s loving arms this very moment.

    I will keep you and the Kanupp family in my prayers.

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  18. Love you Sharon. I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I apologize for not responding sooner, Luther has been ill and has been placed in Hospice Care. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sandy and your family. She is in God’s care now, the best place to be. Try to call you soon.

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  19. Dear Sandy, I am sorry to hear about passing of your mom. My prayers for you and the family to have enough strength to overcome the loss.

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