December 29, 1943 ~ March 24, 2020

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Linda Sappington Nelson, 76, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Mission Hospital.

An Asheville native, Linda was a daughter of the late Charles and Waynette Miller Sappington. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Merrill Gene Nelson.

Mrs. Nelson worked for many years as a nurse at Asheville Family Health Centers. She was a member of Kenilworth Presbyterian Church.

“What you do in life chooses you. You can choose not to do it, you can choose to do something safer. Your vocation chooses you.” That certainly couldn’t have been more true when it came to our mother. Our Mom was a nurse (LPN) with a 50+ year career. She was known for her kindness, her generosity, she was a true advocate and conduit of her patients as well as her family and friends. Nothing made her happier than caring for people. She lived, breathed and loved the nurse life. She will be remembered and missed by all she helped through the years.

She is survived by her daughter, Allison Kathleen Brown and her husband, Mike Rangel; son, Charles Jonathon Wayne Wilson; grandson, Evan Thomas Gates; and cousin, LaMont DeBruhl.

A Celebration of Linda’s Life will be held at a later date.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. Allison, & Charlie,
    I am so sad to hear of your sweet mother’s passing. She was truly a mentor in my life. I am so sorry for your loss. Linda will be missed and loved always.

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  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved working with Mama Linda. She was one of the best people I’ve ever known. I will be praying for your family in this difficult time.

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  3. To Allison & Charlie I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Linda like a sister. She was a loving kind person. We laughed together, we cried together. I could tell her anything. She introduced me to shopping at Goodwill. We loved our Aigner Bags! Rest in the light until we meet again.

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    • My thoughts and prayers go out to Allison, Charlie and Evan….I’m so very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and always treated me like family when we would hang out at the house. I enjoyed spending time at your house when we were younger Allison and your mom always made me feel welcome! She will be missed and I pray for strength and healing for all of you🙏❤

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  4. There is nothing easy about losing those we love. We just need to remind ourselves that just because we cannot touch them any longer, does not mean we are to forget they ways they touched us. Love lives on always. I’m sorry for the breaks in your heart right now. Xoxo

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  5. Charlie & Allison I will miss Linda. I loved her like a sister. We had fun working together. We laughed and we cried together. She introduced me to shopping at Goodwill in the barn. We loved our Aigner bags!!! She was a loving caring person. Prayers & condolences to you and the family. She loved her grandson Evan so much. She loved you, Charlie, & Butch. Rest in the light my sista till we meet again.

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  6. Charlie & Allison I am so sorry to hear about Linda’s passing. She was like a sister to me. We had the best time at work and shopping at Goodwill. We loved our Aigner bags! We laughed together, we cried together together! Prayers & Condolences to the Family. Rest in the Light my sista until we meet again!

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  7. So very sorry to hear about Linda, she was so wonderful to work with. She truly loved her job and making sure patients were taken care of.

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  8. I truly enjoyed working with Linda at FHC. She was sweet, loving and an awesome lady. She was adored and loved by all. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and her many friends. RIP sweet friend…

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  9. I loved this sweet lady. So sad to hear she passed away! She was a wonderful nurse and friend, always put her patients, friends and family needs before her own! I will see you again Linda when my time comes. You will be missed by all that knew and loved you!

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  10. Chuck, again Kathy and I wanted send our condolences, and to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

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  11. Allison,I have the sweetest memories of your mom. Everything from youth group at Kenilwortb Presbyterian to your house on Wake Robin Way – sharing photos with her all piled up on her bed, us arguing over tie dye, that huge back porch…
    When I started my job at a nursing home after college she was SO kind to me. I’m grateful to have know her. ❤️

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  12. You taught me everything
    Everything you’ve given me
    I’ll always keep it inside
    You’re the driving force in my life, yeah
    There isn’t anything
    Or anyone that I could be
    And it just wouldn’t feel right
    If I didn’t have you by my side
    You were there for me to love and care for me
    When skies were gray
    Whenever I was down
    You were always there to comfort me
    And no one else can be
    What you have been to me you will always be
    You will always be the girl
    In my life for all times
    Mama, Mama you know I love you
    (You know I love you)
    Mama, Mama you’re the queen of my heart
    Your love is like tears from the stars, yes it is
    Mama I just want you to know lovin’ you is like food to my soul
    Yes it is, yes it is, oh, yes it is, yes it is, yes it is oh
    You’re always there for me
    Have always been around for me even when I was bad
    You showed me right from my wrong
    Yes you did
    And you took up for me
    When everyone was downin’ me
    You always did understand
    You gave me strength to go on
    There were so many times
    Looking back when I was so afraid
    And then you’d come to me and say to me
    I can face anything
    And no one else can do
    What you have done for me
    You’ll always be, you will always be
    The girl in my life, ooh oh
    Mama, Mama you know I love you
    (You know I love you, you know I love you)
    Mama, Mama you’re the queen of my heart, (You are)
    Your love is like tears from the stars
    (Your love is like tears from the stars)
    Mama I just want you to know (Mama I just want you to know)
    Lovin’ you is like food to my soul
    Never gonna go a day without you
    Fills me up just thinkin’ about you
    I’ll never go a day without my mama
    Mama, Mama you know I love you
    Mama, Mama you’re the queen of my heart
    Your love is like tears from the stars
    (Your love is like tears from the stars)
    Mama I just want you to know lovin’ you is like food to my soul
    Lovin’ you is like food to my soul, oh yeah
    You are the food to my soul, yes you are ❤️👩🏻‍⚕️

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  13. I went to school with Linda. She was such a kind person who saw the best in everyone and had a harsh word for no one. I keep her family in my prayers

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  14. So sorry to hear about Linda. She was my next door neighbor for several years in Oakley. Also attended Biltmore High School together in different grades. I have many fon memoirs of her. May she rest in peace 🙏

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  15. So sorry to hear about Linda. She was my next door neighbor for several years in Oakley. Went to Biltmore High School together in different grades. I have many fon memoirs of her, even dated a couple of times. My she rest in peace 🙏

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  16. Charlie and Allison:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Linda years ago and enjoyed every minute of it. She truly cared for people and put her patient’s first. I learned a lot from working with Linda and will miss her deeply. Will lift your family up in prayer at this time.

    Kathie Whitson

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  17. It was an honor to care for your mother at Pisgah Manor. She was a very kind and loving person. She always was smiling and told me she knew when I was there she was gonna be taken care of and she trusted me. When I learned of her passing it broke my heart. I will always remember her! Praying for your whole family❤️ She will be missed!

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