March 23, 1928 ~ May 9, 2020

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

Martha Hyatt passed away on May 9, 2020 at home in Candler.

Martha was born March 23, 1928, in Buncombe County to the late Fred and Millie Foster. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Norburn C. Hyatt; infant daughter, Machelle Lynn; sister, Fredriece “Tooter” O’Kelley (Dewey James) and both of her brothers Charles (Nancy) and Billy; son-in-law, Bill Kulseth; and by her husband Norburn’s siblings and their spouses.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen Allman, (Jim Allman), and Norma Kulseth. She also leaves six grandchildren, Machelle Allman (Kenan Isitt), Jay Allman (Daniela), Nicole Parrish (Chris), Jon Allman, Will Kulseth (Helen), and Joshua Kulseth; 10 great-grandchildren, Conan Isitt, Grace Collier, James and Claire Allman, Craig, Laney Luanne, and Lucy Suzanne Parrish, and Liam, Wyatt, and Annie Kulseth; her sister, Rosa Lee Bumgarner; sister-in-law, Winnie Foster; and Sonja Allen, a faithful caregiver and special niece.

Martha worked for many years for the Asheville Merchant’s Association after graduating from Asheville Biltmore College. Martha was a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and Biltmore Chapter No. 38 Order of the Eastern Star. She served in many offices of Eastern Star, including Worthy Matron. She was very proud of having served as Grand Ruth for the State of North Carolina Order Eastern Star.

The graveside service will be held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


Graveside Service: May 16, 2020 11:00 am

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery
Mt. Pisgah Church Rd.
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Karen and family, my heart snd prayers go out to you during this time of loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Karen and Norma, so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a very gracious lady. I will always
    remember her warm smile and her laughter !
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. We are very sorry about the passing of Martha, she was a very special lady.
    We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
    Sanford & Alice Lewis


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