March 12, 1947 ~ November 29, 2021
Born in: Springfield, MO
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Kathryn Carson Muffley, age 74, of Asheville, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Nov. 29, 2021 after having battled with dementia in recent years. Kathryn was born on March 12, 1947, in Springfield, Missouri to John Melcher and Frances Johnson Carson and was one of 9 siblings. She graduated from Elfindale Grade School and St. Agnes High School in Springfield Missouri. She worked as a massage therapist, craniosacral therapist, and Transcendental Meditation teacher. She completed training as Physician’s Assistant in St. Louis, Missouri. She studied Ayurvedic Medicine in Albuquerque New Mexico and India. Kathryn married Gary Muffley on Dec. 10, 2005, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Fondly remembered by all for her independent and adventurous spirit. She loved gardening, waterfalls, the beach, hiking, bicycling, Northern Lights, sailing cruises, music, dogs, travel, Highland games, and watching birds from the sunroom.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Catherine Carson, Jody Luther and Mary Holke. And sister-in-law Terry Carson.
Kathryn is survived by her husband Gary Muffley, her 3 sons, Michael Mruzik, Chris Mruzik and David Mruzik, stepchildren Lara Muffley (wife Melissa) and Kirk Muffley (wife Amy), step-granddaughter Moria Muffley Rooney, her husband Brian Rooney, and their son Roman Rooney. And by brothers Jack Carson, Jim Carson (wife Pat), Bill Carson (wife Linda), George Carson (wife Patty), and Dick Carson (wife Martha). And by brothers-in-law Oliver Luther and Steve Holke.
The family requests that donations be sent to Kingsbridge House Memory Care, Brevard NC, for the benefit of residents.
A small private family memorial service will be held at a North Carolina beach, and a Memorial Mass at Springfield MO. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.
We are saddened by Kathryn’s passing. Holding fond memories of our times together, especially our many family hiking adventures with Kathryn: in the Methow Valley of Washington, Yosemite in California, Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Oaxaca Mexico, and especially the trails near her home in North Carolina. One of my favorite memories is hiking with Kathryn in the Blue Ridge Mountains to see butterflies and blueberries. Magical! My heart is with Gary upon her passing.
I can picture Kathryn (my step-mom) out in her garden now. Planting seeds, weeding, gathering the harvest. and of course listening to music and watching hummingbirds with dad in their sunroom. We have had many years of memories together. You will be missed!
GARY and family, my deepest thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, may you find peace knowing she is now in the care of our LORD AND SAVIOR
GARY and family, my deepest thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, may you find peace knowing she is now in the care of our LORD