April 28, 1922 ~ October 31, 2016

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

Miriam Lucille Candler Hood, 94, of Asheville, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016, at The Laurels of Summit Ridge. Born in Buncombe County to the late James H. and Anna Laura Freeman Candler, she graduated from Lee Edwards High School and worked for the Civil Service with Air Records National Oceanic Administration for 30 plus years. She was a former member of Christian Missionary Alliance Church for 70 years and was currently a member of Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church. She was a devoted wife to her husband of 71 years, the late William Downman Hood who died February 26, 2015. She was also a loving mother to her children, Jean and John, and a good friend to all who knew her. Miriam loved the Lord and faithfully followed Him. She was a mighty prayer warrior and was always cheerful, with a twinkle in her eyes. Miriam was a positive person who greatly encouraged others. With her gentle, giving and loving spirit, she brought joy to her family and friends. Survivors include her son, John G. Hood (Peggy) of Fayetteville; her daughter, Paula Jean Hood of Black Mountain; her grandchildren, Brian D. Hood of Apex, and Summerlyn Hood Ryan (Ian) of Gold Beach, OR; and her great grandchildren, Maryn and William Henry Ryan. A funeral service will be held Friday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road. Rev. Johnny Prettyman will officiate and burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. The family wishes to thank the staff of The Laurels of Summit Ridge and a special thanks to Peyton Voigt who was a loving friend and caregiver. Memorials may be made to Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church, 283 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC, 28801.

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  1. Dear Jeanne and Family,
    What a perfect picture of your mom- exactly as I think of her. Smiling with a twinkle in her eye. Always so kind and a wonderful example of a Godly Christian woman. May God bless you with sweet memories and carry you through your grief.

  2. Dear Jean and family:
    Miriam was always gracious and kind to my husband, Tom, and I. We were grateful for the hospitality extended to us for many years.
    Jean, you were and continued to be a special and wonderful daughter. We appreciated talking with you.
    May the Lord bless you and give you His peace at this time. I know that Miriam is rejoicing in heaven now.

  3. Jean- I want to let you know that I am praying for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I pray God will give you strength and peace. Your Mother was an amazing woman and will be missed by many.

  4. I join the family and all those grieving our loss of Miriam in our world. She has been a part of my life my whole life. I have many wonderful memories of her from my childhood to adulthood. My prayers are with the family for God’s sweet comfort at this time of deep sorrow.

  5. Miriam was such a huge part of my childhood, as was all the Hood family. She blessed us with her kindness, and graced us with her shining example. My heart goes out to John and Jean.


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