Irma Kathleen Ambrose

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Irma Kathleen Ambrose, 86, of Asheville, died on Friday, March 30, 2012, at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, where she had been a longtime resident. Born in Weaverville on May 25, 1925, Mrs. Ambrose was a daughter of the late Joseph M., Jr., and Jesse Wyatt Gwaltney. She was also preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Dr. Charles Albert "Al" Ambrose, who died in November, 1997; and by her brothers, William Edgar, Joseph M., and Cecil Thomas Gwaltney. Mrs. Gwaltney attended Mission Hope School, in Asheville, Wake Forest College in 1948, and Bowman Gray School of Medicine from 1949 to 1952. She worked as a nurse anesthetist in hospitals across North Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. Mrs. Ambrose's faith was nurtured at Alexander Chapel and Weaverville United Methodist Churches. She had most recently been a member of First Baptist Church, in Asheville. Mrs. Ambrose also served in the ministry as a pastor's wife in partnership with her husband in Baptist churches in West Lanham Mills, MD, Drexel, NC, and Cherry Hill, NJ. With a life of unequalled passion, drive, and determination, she loved her family, friends, churches and patients whom she served. She will be remembered as a committed Christian servant, nurse, wife, parent, and friend. Mrs. Ambrose is survived by her son, Charles M. Ambrose, of Warrensburg, MO, daughter-in-law, Kristen, grandson, Charlie, and granddaughter, Kathryn. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, P.O. Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021, or to the Residence Fund, Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, 1617 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. Al and I send prayers and comforting thoughts to the Ambrose family as they celebrate the remarkable life of Chuck’s Mom.

  2. Dear Chuck,

    Paige & I have many fond memories of your mom. They still make me smile. May your memories bring you comfort.

    With Love,

    Steve, Paige & Claire

  3. Dear Chuck and Family,

    Your parents were my ministers while growing up during my teenage years in Drexel. I was saved and baptized when your dad was pastor. I will always remember the encouragement and guidance your parents gave me while growing up. I know I cried when they left Drexel. My deepest condolences to you at this time. Your mom was a wonderful Christian lady. She will be missed.

  4. Chuck, Kris and family.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rejoice in your mother’s wonderful life.

  5. May God’s Peace surround you through the Love shown by those around you. You and your family are in our prayers.

  6. President Ambrose and family, My thoughts are with you at this time. I’m sorry to hear about your mother and grandmother.

    Carla Maltas


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