February 8, 1962 ~ December 18, 2021
Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Krista went to her heavenly home to be with God on December 18, 2021 in Asheville, NC, at Mission Hospital where she was pursuing medical treatment related to a courageous battle with cancer. She passed away with her beloved family by her side.
Krista was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville NC, on February 8, 1962, to Phillip and Sandra Crouch. She graduated from AC Reynolds High School (1980) and Appalachian State University (1985) where she earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Accounting. Krista was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity and worked as an accountant for Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC. She also worked for her father at Ideal Drug Store doing accounting work before marrying and moving to Virginia where she primarily lived in the Danville area, working as an accountant for Carpetland for fourteen years. She was involved in many social activities and shared life with many friends while living in Virginia. Krista especially enjoyed gardening; planting, growing, and arranging flowers, and being a member of the Wayside Garden Club serving as treasurer and board member. Also enjoying the lifelong hobby of collecting and refurbishing furniture from salvaged items and doing art projects to which she enjoyed all her life.
Krista returned home to Asheville in 2013 to be near family and friends. She was hired by John Cram to be Accounting Manager of his businesses including New Morning Gallery, Bellagio, Blue Spiral Art Studio, and Fine Arts Movie Theater. Krista was outstanding in her work because of her diligence and her dedication to make everything better. Additionally, she used her artistic talents selling items, and serving as volunteer at the Biltmore Village Art & Craft Fair. She enjoyed participating in creative outlets like the Black Mountain Art in Bloom exhibit.
Krista’s love for life and others was over the top special and this is what stands out about her life. She loved others fully and passionately wherever she was and whenever it could be done. Always finding magical ways of bringing people together, addressing what could be better, and navigating best outcomes. Krista in her brave and courageous spirit sought goodness through a generous life of giving to everyone she met. Krista was close to all her family, a very special aunt to many nieces and nephews. She created fun adventures with each one and giving the perfect gift every time. She was the “Best Friend”, Best Girl Friend—to so many and loved by so many! She made us all better, she showed us what love is about and how to love well. She made us try things, do things that we are would be reluctant to try, she made us laugh, cry, and live fully into love.
Krista was a great lover of travel, organizing many trips with family and friends. She always loved to seek out and go on big adventures. Zip-lining as recent as a month ago, nature hiking, and obtaining her motorcycle license. She loved creating a beautiful table setting with unique China, seeking out rare finds from antique stores, decorating for every holiday, and making beautifully wrapped presents. Krista was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and actively served as the church’s Finance Chair. She also helped organize the Children’s Sanctuary area and contributed to the BEAR Closet church program.
Krista is survived by her beloved family which includes her parents, Phillip and Sandra Crouch, her sister, Karen Doucette and her husband, Mike Doucette (Fallston, NC), her brothers, Phillip Crouch Jr. and sister-in-law, Vanessa Crouch (Asheville, NC) and Michael Crouch and sister-in-law Candace Crouch (Birmingham, AL) and close family friend, Roland Metivier. Nieces and nephews Caitlin Doucette and fiancé Jack Cody, Lorna Doucette, Michael Doucette, Kevin Crouch and wife Alesha, Jonathan Crouch and wife Avery, Jack Crouch, Julia Crouch and Anna Crouch. Krista will be missed by many close friends and colleagues. The family extends our deepest thanks to Messino Cancer Center and the nurses at Mission Hospital who provided exemplary care.
A visitation will be held Thursday, December 23, 2021 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church from 12:00 to 1:00 with a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery with Rev. Stephanie Foretich-McKey officiating. MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED at the Visitation and the Graveside Service.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Botanical Gardens at Asheville https://ashevillebotanicalgardens.square.site/donate or St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 223 Hillside Street, Asheville, NC 28801.
Please join the family’s Celebration of Life gathering in May 2022. Please visit the Groce Funeral Home website for updated service information.
Visitation: December 23, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Asheville, NC 28801
Graveside Service: December 23, 2021 2:00 pm
53 Birch Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Funeral Home Assisting The Family:
Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805
Sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for you and your family
Krista was the most genuine of friends to anyone blessed to know her. Her graciousness is a reflection of the wonderful parents that raised her and the siblings that encouraged & supported her all throughout her life. I will miss her wonderful smile & laugh as well as our long talks. My love & prayers are with you all.
We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Krista put the “best” in best friend. She was one of a kind in so many ways! She will be missed by so MANY people that loved her and she loved in return. May the LORD comfort her family and friends during this time.
I am so very sorry for the loss of Krista, I know it leaves such an empty spot in your heart. Wishing that the Holy Spirit will get you all thru this time. All mu love and prayers for the family. Love you guys.
Krista put the “best” in best friend! She was the kind of person that loved everyone an everyone loved her in return. May the LORD comfort her family and friends during this time!
I feel so honored to have known Krista and call her friend. She brought a ray of sunshine to everyone she met and to everything she did. I pray the Lord will bring you comfort at this difficult time.
God bless all of you as you travel this journey. I certainly understand the loss of a child. Krista was a Beautiful person inside and out and it was always my pleasure to have known her.
My sincere condolences and love go out to Phillip, Sandra and all the Family!! I am so sorry.
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Krista.
I graduated with her sister, Karen, but Krista was just a year ahead of us and many of us were friends together.
May she be free.
Prayers for the family.
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Krista, through my sister, Susan. She was always kind to me, when I did get to spend time with her. We shared many of the same interests, and Susan kept me updated on her crafts and hobbies. She was taken way too soon, because the world needs more people like her. The world would be a better place, with more people like her. Under the sad circumstances, it made me happy to be able to see her on Thurs, and pay my respects to her and the family. She will be missed greatly by all that knew her, but Heaven just received a very special angel. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Krista was one of a kind, to know her was to LOVE her ❤️ I was honored to call her friend. She will truly be miss by so many. She took A piece of my heart with her. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the family and many friends who will miss her dearly
I am so thankful I told Krista last week how much I loved her and how thankful I was to call her friend. She ask me to pray that she would be home for Christmas. I did just that, but Jesus had a different home in mind. She is now with her Lord and Savior never to suffer again, I thank my Lord for allowing her to be in my life. Prayers are with the family.
Krista was a sweet, genuine and loving friend. I will miss our conversations about everything. She will be missed by so many.
We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.
Curtis and Alita Wallen
Prayers for the parents and siblings and their families as they face the future without such a kind and loving person that I knew as a student at AC Reynolds. She always had a smile on her face. She evidently didn’t change and had a great influence on people all her life. May God bring peace and comfort to all at this time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
Love in Christ,
Ethel Jacobson, Librarian, AC Reynolds
Krista was such a sweet friend. She will be missed by many. To know her, is to love her. She was so talented, a great encourager. I loved our wonderful conversations.
Our thoughts and prayers for the Crouch family at this time.
Curtis and Alita Wallen
We are saddened to hear of Krista’s passing and there are no words to ease this great loss for the Crouch family.
Prayers for peace and comfort knowing that Krista is resting with her Heavenly Father.
I am saddened to hear of Krista’s passing. I worked with her at New Morning Gallery and she was the sweetest person. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Dearest Sandra&Phillip & beautiful family. Our prayers from the Keehan family asking Our Lord to walk you through this difficult time. Your Krista is at peace & truly an Angel in heaven & she was here with all of us. So loving, caring & giving to all she knew. I’ve always known our children are only loaned to us to raise & nurture and you have done a wonderful job with your beautiful family. Krista was all about her loving family & then extended herself to love others too. Our Pam & Krista are heart sisters ever since being “roomies” all thru APP State & will be forever. Good memories & a blessing our families have met thru these two sweethearts. I know your faith & love of Our Lord is keeping you strong. Krista is smiling down and will be watching over you cause that’s what she does! Krista & all of you have been in my prayers since she first told of her illness. My heart to yours. 🙏❤️
Your sweet face will be missed
Phil and Sandra, So sorry to learn you lost your beautiful daughter. I know she leaves a big hole. May the Lord be with you as you come to terms with her loss.
To the entire Crouch family,
My heart is so sad and empty right now. You’ll know how much I loved sweet Krista. We had so many fun times together. She loved all of you so much. Her family meant the world to her. She touched so many lives with her positive energy and ability to reason things out. She has picked me up “out of the dumps” more times than I can count. I am going to miss her more than you will ever know. She asked me to pray, pray, pray that she would make it home for Christmas. I certainly did that and now she is in her eternal home for Christmas. May God wrap his loving arms around each of you in the days ahead. I love each and every one of you.
Tammy Spivey Riggs
Crouch family, my heart aches for you. Even though I only had the opportunity to meet her several times, and especially several months ago at Lake Lure, the Seeleys will be praying for healing, but know she battled diligently and fought the good fight, but now is in the arms of our savior, Jesus Christ!! Sandra and Philip, you have always been so thoughtful of others, but now know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Amen
Karen and Mike, Our Heart goes out to you in this time of saying goodbye to Krista. We know how strong your faith is, and the love you have in your heart. We know that Krista is now with the Father and the Son. With ailments behind her, she is in his glory and in time, you will see her again. — Beth and Jim
Sorry for your loss.
Will call you when I get back in January. I’m in Texas with Curt’s family.
Praying for your family during this difficult time. May God wrap you in his loving arms and may you feel GIS love and support.
Phillip, I am so sorry for your loss. I knew you from high school and like Krista and your self started working at the Ideal as my training ground. She undoubtedly achieved all her goals in life and you did an amazing job instilling your values in her lifetime of success.
Karen and Mike our heartfelt sympathies go to you during this most difficult time. May God give you peace and comfort in the following days.
Krista was an absolutely wonderful person. It was always such a joy to see her each month when she would help process my rent. She was always sweet, caring, and easy going. My heart breaks for her loved ones – and surely everyone who knew her loved her. I will continue to pray for peace for you all. We will miss her deeply. May she rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers to Phillip and Sandra and family. Brad & Blair Woodard. Farmville, NC
Phillip and Sandra, Karen and Mike,
The loss of Krista touches our hearts. We feel your loss keenly and pray that our Father will comfort and sustain you. The loss of a child, or a sibling is so very hard. We join you in that grief and stand with you in the love and light of God. If we can do anything to make the next days and months easier, please let us know.
Phillip and Sandra,
We are so sorry to hear this. We have so many memories of your family. Our prayers are with you all. May God keep you in His care.
Larry and Rachel Owenby
Our beautiful Krista! With the megawatt smile and wide open heart. Your radiant love has always been so very sweet and powerful. Still! I feel so blessed to have you as sister in Phi Mu and a true forever friend. My heart aches that I did not know that you were ill…I know your beloved family was surrounding you…how you love your family and friends! Jeff and I cherish every memory with you and love you so! You are a precious treasure in our lives.
Phillip, Sandra, Karen, Phillip, and Michael,
We mourn with you the loss of Krista from this world and somehow at the same time rejoice with you in the celebration of Krista’s welcoming to her new eternal home with a new incorruptible body where she is united with Christ and all the saints who’ve gone ahead of her. These are not fairy tales we believe to somehow comfort us when someone passes, but rather evidence-based objective truth that our hope rests in. Praying that God would give you grace and comfort as you walk through grief, and, in time, hope for a future reunion. God bless.
Dear Phillip, Sandra and the Crouch Family,
My heart is with you, as are my thoughts and prayers as I hold your family in a place of love and light. I celebrate the life of Krista and the love shared with you and her many friends. That love continues and is none diminished, but lives on in each of your hearts. My heartfelt condolences.
My precious little Krista for whom I babysat many years ago. What a perfect baby she was. After I moved away my sister took over. Th crouches we’re so much a part of the Johnson family. God has a special angel who was loved by everyone. Love and peace to those left behind.
What a genuinely kind and caring person the world has lost. I’m not sure I’ve ever known a sweeter person. I will miss her friendship and will never forget her laughter and positive outlook on life.
My heart goes out to the Crouch family. I knew Krista as a small child, tiny beautiful little girl. Such a special family. God bless you all. RIP Krista
Remembering Krista’s beautiful smile and creative spirit. Prayers and hugs to the entire Crouch family…She bloomed beautifully in life and is blossoming now in heaven.
Our hearts are broken. We will miss our Sweet friend so much, but we have peace that we will see her again one day. Sending love and prayers to the Crouch family.
Beautiful Krista, What a light you brought to this earth. Your beautiful spirit will always be remembered and celebrated. Prayers of love, warmth, peace, and comfort to all of your family and friends. You are so loved…
Godspeed my friends!
Teresa and Mike Cowan
To the Crouch Family,
I’m so sorry to hear about Krista’s passing. I fondly remember her and your entire family from childhood at St. Paul’s. Thinking of you and all who knew and loved Krista.