July 16, 1918 ~ February 4, 2015

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

Harriet Storms Manley, 96 of Asheville passed away on February 4, 2015 at Heather Glen Assisted Living in Arden. Born in Asheville on July 16, 1918, she was the only child of Newell Edwin Storms and Julia Menendez. She was a medical technician, homemaker and volunteer. She was an active member of Saint Lawrence Catholic Church and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. She volunteered as a Boy Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout Leader and member of the St. Joseph Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She was a remarkable woman. She raised six children taking them to scouts, ballet and piano lessons and school activities. After they went off to college and careers, she learned to swim, play piano, golf and advanced sewing. In between weddings, grandchildren, and travel, she took art courses at the University of North Carolina at Asheville culminating in a Bachelor degree in Art in 1997 as UNCA's oldest graduate. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 65 years, Francis Julian Manley and daughter Mary Helen. Surviving are her sons, Francis Julian, Jr. of Kansas City, Joseph P. of Newburgh, NY, James L. of Asheville; her daughters, Mary Joan Pugh and husband Alan of Asheboro, NC, Catherine Banks and her husband Earl of Suwanee, GA, Margaret Perez and her husband Jose of Lake Worth, FL; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, 72 Long Shoals Rd in Arden, NC on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:30-7:30 PM. A celebration of life mass will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Basilica of St. Lawrence, DM with the Rev. Father C. Morris Boyd officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Basilica of St. Lawrence 97 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. Mary Joan,
    My prayers are with you and all your family during this time of loss. I know the feeling of losing a parent. It is a tough time but as time goes by things will become easier. Keep in mind all the wonderful times you got to spend with her and know that she is with you in spirit forever.
    Sincerely, Myra Hoover

  2. Margaret ‘Margie’,
    I never pass your nice old house on Kimberly without thinking about you. And I recognized your mother’s face while trying to find the obituary of a friend. I always enjoyed coming over to your house when we were kids and it’s poignant for me that I remember your mom so well. I’m sorry that you lost your mom, we’re at that age where most of us have lost one or both parents (I lost my dad about three years ago, so I’m truly feeling for you now). I am remembering you and your mom with great warmth and I hope that you will find a measure of comfort in this sad time. Who knows, maybe people you haven’t seen in a long, long time are thinking about you…
    Love, Sarah Brown (Sullivan)


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