May 21, 1931 ~ January 2, 2020

Born in: Navasota, TX
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Edna “Fay” (Somers) Ross, 88, of Asheville and formerly of Huffman, TX, died Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Givens Estates, Asheville.

Born in Novasota, TX, she was the former wife of the late Ray Ross, and the daughter of the late Henry B. and Mary R. (Spear) Somers. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers: Milton and Ray Somers; and 2 sisters: Lois Martin and Lorene Brannon.

She was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church since 2005, and a member of First Baptist Church in Huffman, TX since she was 8 years old.

Fay loved children, and was considered a surrogate mother to the many school bus children she drove for many years. She enjoyed being able to help drive her grandchildren on their field trips.

Always upbeat and fun, Fay was a best friend to her many friends, and one was quick to know where they stood with her. She was the All-District Volleyball player for her team at Crosby High School in Crosby, TX. She was so proud when the Huffman HS girls’ softball team won their state championship.

She loved to travel, especially summer trips to Colorado. Fay’s favorite National Parks were Rocky Mountain NP in Colorado and Yellowstone NP in Wyoming.

Fay is survived by a son, Ronald E. Ross (Betty Grugan-Ross) of Humble, TX; a daughter, Debra Fontaine (Peter) of Fletcher; 4 grandchildren: Eric, Jared, and Justin Fontaine and Elizabeth Fontaine-Johnson (Capt. Craig Johnson); and 2 great-grandchildren, Ava and Oliver Johnson; a sister-in-law, JoAnn Somers; and a number of nieces and nephews .

A Funeral Service will be held at 10 AM Monday, January 6, 2020 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Rev. Sam McLamb officiating. Friends will be received at the funeral home following the service. Burial will be in Huffman Cemetery, Huffman, TX, following an 11:00 service at First Baptist Church, 25503 FM 2100, and Huffman, TX on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Friends will be received at the church one hour prior to the service, from 10 until 11 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Fay’s memory may be made to ABCCM Transformation Village, (a battered women’s shelter currently under construction) 20 20th St., Asheville, NC 28806.

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Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is in charge of local arrangements.


Funeral Service: January 6, 2020 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Room: Chapel

Visitation: January 6, 2020 10:45 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Room: Chapel


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  1. Our deepest sympathies to Debra and Peter and family. We are so sorry for your loss. We love you! Your mom was a very special woman. Hold on to the good memories! With prayers and love, Tony and Anne


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