Mary Elizabeth Penland

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Arden ~ Mary Elizabeth Penland, 78, of Arden, died Saturday, March 20, 2010 at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center. A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Pierce and Ora Spears Hensley. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Richard Leroy Penland who died February 28, 2007. A member of Arden First Baptist Church for 40 years, she was very active in the Friendship Sunday School Class. She is survived by two daughters, Linda Andrews and her husband, Trip, of Duluth, GA and Teresa Medera and her husband, Frank, of Jackson, NJ; three sons, Michael Penland of Fairview, Steve Penland of Hendersonville and Jeff Penland and his wife, Carol, of Ocala, FL; four sisters, Dorothy McKinney of Weaverville, Barbara Penland of Fletcher, Betty McKinney of Weaverville and Norma Sue Webb of Swannanoa; two brothers, Oscar and Bill Hensley, both of Weaverville; five grandchildren, Heather Klisures, Megan Medera, Amanda Penland, Cathey Mehaffey and Richard Penland; one great-grandchild, Lexi Penland and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, March 22, 2010 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with the Revs. Jeffrey Hudson and G. Scott Lynch officiating. The family will receive friends Monday at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Penland Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or to Arden First Baptist Church, 3839 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden, NC 28704.

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  1. Elizabeth was a lovely woman who will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her entire family. We are so sorry for your loss.

  2. Our prayers and love go out to the entire family in this time of loss. God bless you and keep you in His love. Elizabeth is no longer in pain. She is in Paradise with Jesus.

  3. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family. I am so sorry for your loss. Elizabeth was a wonderful person and I love her very much. I could not have asked for a nicer mother-in-law, which is how I think of her even after all these years. She is Home now with Richard and her other loved ones that have passed before. I ask the Divine One to bring comfort to her family and friends at this time.

  4. Mrs. Penland was a very nice lady who I am sure will be missed by her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with her children and family at this difficult time.

    Dick and Sherry Betsch

  5. Our Elizabeth was a Godly woman and will be sorely missed. She was loved by all.

  6. To Elizabeth’s Family.
    We were so sorry to read of the passing of a very nice person. Always saw her at Church, a friendly person always. She will be missed by all who knew her.Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  7. I am going to miss you ubba. You maid my child hood something to remember. I think I was at your house more than mine. Spaghetti-o’s, and cool-aid always bring me back to your a simpler time in your back yard. I am proud to have you in my fondest memories. I will charish them for ever. Love and miss, Chip.

    . Chip

  8. The Minor Elementary family extends their condolences to Linda Andrews and her immediate and extended family as they grieve the loss of her mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Christina Wimmer, Principal

  9. Mike,

    May God provide you and your family a feeling of peace, love and happy memories during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  10. Betty i was sorry to hear about your sister, its always hard to lose a loved one one consolation is we will meet again someday. my prayers are with the family. Bruce

  11. Your mom is now where she longed to be. Her place in heaven is secure. Our prayers are with you all.

    With sympathy,
    Chris and Mike

  12. Dear Linda and family,
    ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

    With sympathy and prayer,
    Nicole Smith @ Minor ES

  13. Aunt Elizabeth
    Even though I was not able To see you much This world will be a little less kind with out you in it. But I know uncle Rich was waiting to welcome you into the fathers house I love you. To Linda, Bub, Steve, Teresa and Jeff I love you guys my thoughts prays are with you. Love not so little Joe.

  14. I am going to miss you ubba. You maid my child hood something to remember. I think I was at your house more than mine. Spaghetti-o’s, and cool-aid always bring me back to your a simpler time in your back yard. I am proud to have you in my fondest memories. I will charish them for ever. Love and miss, Chip.

    . Chip

  15. Elizabeth was a beautiful woman inside and out. Those who knew her couldn’t help but Love her. She will be missed by friends and family alike. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.


    Cherryl Lynn

  16. Linda,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.Take this time and lean on Him, He will help you through this time.
    Much love,

  17. To the Penland Family,

    Our deepest sympathy to Elizabeth’s family. We will always remember the good times we spent at the beach with Elizabeth & Richard.

    Love & Prayers,
    The Sammy Smathers family
    Peggy Smathers, Jimmy, Donna, Josh, and Jordan Parton.

  18. Linda,
    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.
    Please know that I am here for you if you need anything. I will pray for your strength. Just think heaven is rejoicing right now because God has call another angel home. I feel in my heart your mother is at peace now. No more pain no more sorrow.
    What a Blessing that is !!

    Love you,

    Sheila Shelton
    Minor Elem School

  19. Death leaves a heartache that’s hard to heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
    May God be with you and your family.

  20. Linda, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I know that she’s at peace and with your Dad. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Nancy

  21. How fortunate you have been to have had such a close, loving relationship with your mother. You know in your heart that she was very proud of you, thankful for the devotion you shared, but especially for the caring, loving woman you are. Your mother and dad are together again now, which must give you peace. Know that my thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you and your family.
    Love, Barbara

  22. Dear Linda,
    I am so sorry about your mother. I know that she is in a better place. I love you Linda.
    Love, Tami, Bryan, Kenneth, and Garrett

  23. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Linda, and your family. ‘A Mother holds her children’s hands for a while….their hearts forever’.

  24. I only knew Elizabeth a few years, but during that short time I knew she was a special person,who loved the Lord. My prayers are with her family during this sad time! We only have to say good-by once and the next time you will be together forever! May you feel a peace and love at this time that could only come from our loving Father!

  25. Linda and family,

    Just a quick note to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your Minor family is here for you. We love you tremedously.


  26. Elizabeth was such a kind and beautiful woman. She and your dad did so much to help Mom and Nanny, and I appreciate it more than I can say. My husband, kids, and I last visited your mom in the summer of 2008 and she was so proud of the beautiful garden Jeff had made in memory of Richard. Please know all of you are in our thoughts during this sad time.

    Warmest regards,

  27. Elizabeth was a special lady I USE To sat beside her in sunday school at Arden Church a lot and she was a person that was always the same where every you saw her. I know she will be missed but be thankful she is oout ofpain and with her heavenly father now. God Bless each one of you

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