June 15, 1922 ~ December 12, 2016
Born in: Asheville, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Mary Frances Howell Moncada departed peacefully on Monday December 12, 2016. Mary was born to the late Legia Trexler McPherson and Clarence Howell in Asheville, NC on June 15, 1922. After attending St. Genevieve of the Pines, she worked in Washington, DC and New York City. She returned to Asheville in 1943, where she met her husband of 71 years, Valdo Moncada. Together they spent 18 years traveling and living on military bases while Valdo served in the United States Air Force, then they lived in Newburgh, NY, for 30 years, where they owned the Bon Voyage Travel Agency. During this time, Mary and Val sponsored Minh and Anh Huynh and family of Vietnam, who remain their devoted "adopted" family. Mary and Valdo returned to Asheville in 1994. She had many interests, including the Zonta Club (in Newburgh, NY), creating miniatures for dollhouses, sewing, writing, politics, and current events. Mary stayed interested and engaged and full of vitality for 94 years, and was known for her spunk and zest for life. Mary was preceded in death by James McPherson, beloved sisters and brothers-in-law Clelia and Tommy Smith and Joyce Howell, as well as son-in-law Mark Goodson, and great-granddaughter Mattie Shields. She is survived by her husband Valdo; her five children, Carol Goodson of Candler, Peter (Sue) Moncada of Charleston, SC, John Moncada of Hazleton, PA, Joyce Moncada of Asheville, and Beverly (Elam) Smucker of Narvon, PA; two brothers, Peck Howell and Don (Kathy) Howell, sister-in-law Emilia (Del) Knooihuizen; her grandchildren, Timothy (Melanie) Goodson, Brad (Wendi) Goodson, Laura (Wes) Shields, Dan (Kym) Inions, Chad Moncada, Jarrod Moncada, William (Naomi) Moncada, Ashley Moncada, and Nathan Smucker; her great-grandchildren, Georgia, Caroline, Copeland, Dover, Carlyle, Emma, Jackson, Cody, Tucker, Harrison, Cody, and Parker; as well as many nieces and nephews. Mary was very proud of and adored by her family, and, in her own words, had "lived a great life." Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M. Thursday at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church with a reception following. For those who wish to memorialize Mary, in lieu of flowers please consider donating to the charity of your choice. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is handling the arrangements.