October 6, 1926 ~ August 30, 2020

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Weaverville, NC

Mary Sylvia Snider Edwards peacefully went to heaven at the WNC Baptist Home on Sunday, August 30, 2020, after a period of declining health. She was preceded in death by her dear husband, William Barnett “Bill” Edwards, who died November 26, 1996; her mother, Myrtle Moss Snider, who died the day Sylvia was born, October 6, 1926; father, Clingman “Cling” Snider; stepmother, Lois Mullinax Snider; sister, Hazel Bradford; and brothers, Grover, Roy and James L. “J.L.” Snider.

Survivors include her only daughter, Nancy Cole and husband Glenn; brother, Harry Snider, Yuma, AZ; sisters, Diana Parnell, Panama City, FL; Polly Rice (Jim), Asheville, NC; and Judy Snider, Weaverville, NC; along with several nieces and nephews and their spouses and children.

Sylvia lived in Buncombe County all of her life. After 30 years of service at BASF (formerly American Enka Corporation), she retired in 1989. She stayed busy after retirement, working in and around her home, embroidering, and reading. She especially enjoyed being outdoors, tending her flowers and doing yard work. Sylvia was a long-time, active member of Zephyr Hills Free Will Baptist Church. She loved her church family, and they all loved their “Miss Sylvia”.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, led by the Rev. Daniel Cason and Rev. Danny Gasperson. Services at Groce Funeral Home chapels are limited to 50 and face masks are required. Burial will follow at Ashelawn Gardens of Memory.

Mrs. Edwards will lie in state one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The family welcomes flowers but also knows that Sylvia would be delighted with contributions to her church’s Building Fund. Checks should be made payable to Zephyr Hills Free Will Baptist Church and mailed to the church at PO Box 6808, Asheville, NC 28816.

The family is so thankful for the kind care and treatment provided by staff at the WNC Baptist Home, where Sylvia had resided since January 2019. To each of you they say: “You made a difficult time so much easier for Mother and for us. May God bless you for it, and may you remember her fondly.”

Services

For those who wish to pay their respects: September 3, 2020 10:00 am

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

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Memorial Service: September 3, 2020 11:00 am

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

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial: September 3, 2020 12:00 pm

Ashelawn Gardens of Memory
901 Aiken Road
Asheville, NC 28804

828-645-6915

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  1. Prayers for this family. Mrs. Edwards was a sweet lady and we have to be thankful she is finally home, totally healed and rejoicing around the throne with those loved ones that have gone on before her!! RIP

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  2. To Nancy and Glenn: My heart ached this morning as I saw your precious mom’s picture! However, no matter how much she will be missed, she is with her heavenly Father and enjoying every second in heaven. She was much loved by our family and I will be sure to tell Alan of your loss. Prayers for you and your family!

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  3. Nancy and Glenn: I will always cherish my fond memories of Sylvia and Barnett. They were very special people to me and both were strong Christians. I know the Angels are rejoicing at their happy reunion.

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  4. Nancy and Glen, so sorry to hear of your Mother passing, she was a sweet woman. May Jesus comfort you both in this sad time in your life. Much Love to you both, Flora, Amelia and Brock.

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  5. Aunt Nancy and Uncle Glenn,

    Mrs. Edwards was one of the sweetest and most loving people I have ever met. She was always special to me and I enjoyed seeing her on family occasions when we all got together. Even though I didn’t see her much, I thought of her, as I think of you and Uncle Glenn, very often. One memory I can think of that I’m not sure you’ve heard is once I had car trouble on Stoney Know Road in front of her house. I was able to pull in their driveway and Mr. and Mrs. Edwards kept me company and gave me something to drink while I waited on my day to come. Such lovely people. I love you all and wish you peace and good memories when you think of Mrs. Edwards.

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  6. Dear Nancy and Glen

    I was saddened when I pulled up this website and saw your mamas picture! I remember this sweet lady from Zephyr Hills FWBC. Always had a smile on her face and shined the light of Jesus!

    She has now entered into heaven and is reunited with your daddy.

    We lost Gary in 2016 and I moved back to Michigan 2 years ago. I was thinking and wondering if they had run into each other yet!

    May God comfort you and give you peace at this sad time.

    Kaye Fortenberry

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  7. Nancy & Glenn- How blessed you were to have such wonderful, sweet, loving Christian parents & in-laws! I knew them both from going to church with them in my younger days at Mt Bethel FWB Church in Weaverville. I love this picture of Sylvia. It is just as I remember her – always smiling, one of the sweetest women I have ever known in my life time & such an example of what a Christian woman should be. The real deal! I know you will miss her dearly, but thank God we know where she is – reunited with your Dad & their Heavenly Father! What a reunion! God blesses us with that hope that we will all be reunited again one day. I thank Him for the opportunity in getting to know & love this wonderful couple. They were such a blessing to me personally, our entire church & I’m sure countless others. God Bless you both.

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  8. Sylvia was a kind, sweet woman that we will always cherish as a wonderful neighbor and friend to the Fox family. She will be missed. Prayers to you and your extended family.

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