Mariam Shook Thrash

mariam thrash

October 28, 1922 ~ December 15, 2017

Resided in: Candler, North Carolina

Mariam Shook Thrash, 95, passed away Friday, December 15, 2017. Mrs. Thrash was born in the Newfound Section of Buncombe County to the late William and Gertrude Brown Shook. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Landry Thrash, brothers, Rex Shook and Russell Shook; sisters Roma Shook Oates and Jo Shook Drake, and nephews, Johnny Oates and Bill Oates. Mariam was a 1940 graduate of Candler High School. She retired from the former American Enka Corporation after 33 years of service as a secretarial worker. She married her high school sweetheart, Landry in 1945 and moved into his family home, remaining there her lifetime. Mariam was a lifelong member of Montmorenci United Methodist Church and was active there until recently, especially cooking and baking for all events. In her spare time, she enjoyed baking and visiting shutins. For many years, she enjoyed attending the Hominy Baptist Adult Daycare services with the many friends she made there. She is survived by a special first cousin and caregiver, Bette Morgan; a niece, Susan Oates Stepp and nephews, Gary Drake and wife Sue Ellen and Tom Drake and wife Florence; several cousins, four great nieces, three great-nephews, nine great-great nieces and five great-great nephews. The family expresses appreciation to Marcia and Manila from Mountain Home Care for their loving and faithful care enabling Mariam to stay in her home for so long. Also, a big thank you to the entire staff at Life Care Center in Hendersonville for the great care and compassion they gave to Mariam. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Montmorenci United Methodist Church with the Rev. Karen Kurtz and the Rev. Dr. Joe Yelton officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. A visitation with llight refreshments will be one hour prior to the service in the church family life center. Memorial donations may be made with much appreciation to Montmorenci UMC, PO Box 610, Candler, NC 28715, or to Hominy Baptist Adult Daycare, 135 Candler School Road, Candler, NC 28715.

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  1. I started learning to drive with Mrs. Thrash’s golf cart over a decade ago because she had kindly agreed to let me work on a Girl Scout badge with her, Russel, and their dog Barney. Barney enjoyed rides in the golf cart, so that’s what we would do. She was such a sweet, dear woman, and she will be missed tremendously.

  2. Our deepest condolences to the family in the passing of Mariam. She was such a sweet lady and will be missed so much.
    Prayers are being lifted for peace during this sad time.

  3. Such a sweet lady. She and Landry were some of the nicest people I have ever known. Her passing leaves a void in the entire Candler community. She had nothing but nice words for everyone she knew. Rest in Peace, Mariam!

  4. I got to know Mariam through my cousin, June Crook, who was a good
    friend of Mariam. She was a very sweet and kind lady and also made
    delicious candy. Prayers for the family.

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