October 13, 1927 ~ July 22, 2022

Born in: Queens, NY
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Jane Agnes Metz Woody, 94, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2022. She was born in Queens, NY, in 1927 to the late Jacob Metz and Margaret Newman Metz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd William Woody (Bill).

She is survived by her four children; Suzanne Margaret Woody Medd (Charles), Mary Elizabeth Woody, Donald William Woody (Stacey) and Stephen Thomas Woody (Cindy); 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Georgine Metz Amerige.

Ms. Woody attended A-B Technical CC and graduated in 1972 with an A.A.S. as part of the first graduating class in Nursing. She worked in health care for many years before retiring from the VA Hospital. But retirement did not entirely suit Ms. Woody, who launched a second career in accounting and continued work in her son’s business into her nineties.

Constantly in motion and hardworking, Ms. Woody was active until her final months. Her many hobbies included cooking and square dancing. Filled with a determined, do-it-yourself spirit she built (at the young age of 85) her own gourmet kitchen, which became the family gathering place for many holidays and special occasions. Her greatest pride was her garden, to which she devoted countless hours. Many plants she grew from seed. Her backyard became a peaceful oasis complete with a goldfish pond. She spent much of her final months on her sun porch, comforted by her spring garden of tulips, impatiens, and hydrangeas.

Fondly known as Mama Jane, she will be honored at a Celebration of Life. Her family will receive friends and family between 10:00 a.m. and noon on Saturday, July 30, at 7 Wagon Road, Asheville, NC. A service will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Four Seasons Foundation, 221 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792, with a memo in Honor of Jane Metz Woody for the Elizabeth House.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. What a wonderful woman and full life, an inspiration to all. Sorry for your loss, she will be missed.

    • Dear Pat and Ginger , You two are so kind – as the years have passed you have been close to our family and Mother always enjoyed news of our reunions of ACH.! Hope to see you soon . Yours truly, Suzanne and Family

  2. Thinking about you and your loss as you celebrate a wonderful life. May you gather strength and peace in fond memories. With love,

    • Dearest Kip, You are so right ! We had lovely times with our Mother …. and we feel fortunate ! Please come see us ! Love , Suzanne and Family

  3. So sorry to hear this, Suzy. I will keep her and all your family in my prayers.
    Sally and George Waechter

    • Dear Sally and George ,Thank you so much for your message ! Mother always loved to hear about our ACH reunions and your news ! Sally, that banana bread you sent her was wonderful ! Love, and come see us ! Yours, Suzie and Family

  4. Our deepest sympathy to her children and family during this difficult time. She fought a hard battle and wanted to stay on this earth long enough to see her garden bloom this Spring. She was granted that wish and can now enjoy the gardens of heaven for eternity.

    • Dear Tracy and Dave, Thank you so much for your sweet message ! You are right – We will always treasure our memories of her being with her flowers….. Love, Suzanne and Family

  5. Our deepest sympathy to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, to whom she will always be Mama Jane. May the flowers she loved bloom for each of them.

    • Dear Judy and Bob, Your words mean so much to us ! Mama Jane always enjoyed your family news ! She was so delighted about the new Great-Grandchild coming in her birthday month, this October! Love, Suzanne and Family

    • Dear Judy and Bob, Mama Jane always enjoyed your family news! She was delighted to know about her new Great-Grandchild coming during her birthday month, this October ! Love, Suzanne and Family


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