November 10, 2018

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

Juanita Summey Bowman, 88, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Aston Park Health Care Center. A native of Buncombe Co., Juanita was a daughter of the late Dillon and Beedie Smith Summey. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Ray Sanders; second husband, Loyd "Red" Bowman; sisters, Earlene Robinson and Leona Robinson; and brother, J.D. Summey. Mrs. Bowman owned and operated Valley Street Grocery for many years. She then worked as a Breakfast Host at Days Inn Hotel until she was 84 years old. There she met many regular travelers with whom she became great friends. In her spare time, Mrs. Bowman had recently been very active in the CarePartners Adult Day Program. She was also a former member of the Red Hat Society and very much enjoyed traveling, especially to the beach. She attended Trinity Baptist Church. Mrs. Bowman is survived by her two daughters, Robby Price (Brian), of Black Mountain, and Brenda Buckner (Ronny), of Fort Mill, SC; a grandson, Chris Ledford (Pam), of Leicester; great-grandsons Colby, Dillon, Graceson, and Brayden Ledford; and sister, Loretta Griffin (Frank). The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at the Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. Pastor Allen Rash, Trinity Baptist Church, and her great-grandson, Colby Ledford, will officiate. Burial will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. Her family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family expresses their appreciation to the staff of Aston Park HCC and Four-Seasons Hospice for the excellent care they provided to Mrs. Bowman and her family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Juanita's memory to the CarePartners Adult Day Program, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813. Please make checks to the Adult Day Program.

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  1. I am sorry, Ronny and Brenda. However, it sounds as though she had a great life. Nevertheless, there is a sense of loss when a loved one passes.

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  2. To Juanita’s daughters, grandsons, sister, and other family members: I’m a volunteer at Care Partners Adult Day. Every day I was there Juanita brought me happiness, smiles, laughter, and love. She was so thankful when I would just give her a cup of coffee, saying ‘thank you, baby, you’re wonderful, God bless you’? and she would often kiss my hand. Adult Day will never be the same without Juanita’s precious greetings of ‘Hey Baby’?. We all loved her.

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  3. I love you Granny..I will miss you.. your sweet smile and always that sweet hug and calling me baby… Can’t wait to see you again…I am so sorry Robby,Brenda,Chris and Pam…it never is is easy losing a parent or grandparent..God grace is sufficient..we love you all..Jim & Judy Lanning

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