Mary Josephine Brock Fore

mary fore

April 23, 1931 ~ April 7, 2024

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

Mary Josephine Brock Fore, 92, of Arden, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2024.

Born April 23, 1931 in Buncombe Co., Mary was a daughter of the late Charles and Ella Brock. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Osborne J. Fore, Jr., and siblings, Teddy, William, Robert, Earl and Perry Brock.

Mary lived in Mississippi and Florida while her husband was in the Air Force; they eloped so they would be married when he got his orders. She loved working outside and tending her vegetable garden. She was an excellent baker, known for her cinnamon rolls. Mary loved her family and was a dedicated caretaker to her family members. She loved the Atlanta Braves with her all-time favorite player being Greg Maddux. She loved calling the mountains of WNC home. She lived by the motto, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”.

Mary was a baker at Glen Arden Elementary School, from where she retired, and was also a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Surviving are her children, Gail Fore Schwartz, Edward Fore (Starla Wells) and Hope Fore Hreha (David); and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12 in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jackie Clark officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Visitation: April 12, 2024 10:00 am

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


Funeral Service: April 12, 2024 11:00 am

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


Burial: April 12, 2024 12:00 pm

Mountain View Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery
Alexander Road
Alexander, NC 28701

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss here on earth but I rejoice at Heavens gain. I imagine your daddy was so happy to see Mary again! Lots of love and prayers for your family.

  2. May she be reunited in heaven with her loved ones that preceded her. My love and prayers to the family

  3. May she be reunited in heaven with her loved ones that preceded her. My love to the family.

  4. My Great Aunt was a beautiful Lady. May she rest in peace. Much love and condolences to the family.

  5. As a neighbor for 17 years we delighted in every opportunity to spend time with Mary. Walking the yard and garden, listening to her life and family joys. WE will always honor her while attending to the beautiful peonies she gave us. RIP Beloved

  6. Aunt Mary Jo will be missed greatly, she was a beautiful lady! Sending my love , thoughts and prayers ..🙏, praying for comfort!

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mary was such a sweet lady.

    Lois, Lewis and Christa Lance

  8. Went to high school at Candler with Mary Jo, always nice and beautiful person. Sure she will be missed.

  9. Mary Fore was an important person in my life as we worked together for many years at Glen Arden Elementary School. She was the most amazing baker I have ever known. Her cinnamon rolls filled the school with delicious aromas every time she baked them. Mary’s gifts went well beyond the rolls. She was beautiful, gracious and greeted the children, teachers and all who encountered her with warmth and love. She also had an enchanting sense of humor. I will always remember her with fondness and appreciation. Due to a medical appointment, I was unable to attend her service. My sympathies and love are with her family.

  10. Gail, I’m so sorry for your loss. . I pray that God will touch you with his comforting hands. We can rest in the fact she has joined your Dad and I hope she sees Dan and they can talk about old times as neighbors. Grief is a journey – there is no end. We have to trust in the Lord and take it a day at a time and deal with it in our own way. I know there are no words.
    Mrs Mary Fore will certainly be missed. I loved talking to her and talking about the old days when she was growing up – she was a very hard worker. She was from the old school like my parents. I will treasure her friendship.
    She has been a great neighbor since we moved in 25 yrs ago. She was a true
    lady. A woman of faith and great integrity. She will be missed. Love and prayers for you and your family

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