March 12, 1909 ~ August 22, 2010

Born in: Baltimore, MD,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Myra Peyton Lynch Rogers of Asheville died Sunday, August 22, 2010, at her home after a period of declining health. She was 101. Born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 12, 1909, she was the daughter of the late Dr. James M. Lynch and Anne Imboden Duff Lynch of Fairview and the wife of the late W. Stewart Rogers, a prominent Asheville architect. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Donald M. Lynch, two brothers, James M. Lynch Jr. and George D. Lynch, and two sisters, Elizabeth Williams Ralls and Anne Lynch Parker. She was educated at St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines Academy, St. Mary's Episcopal College in Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She had been active in community affairs over a number of years through United Way, The Junior League of Asheville, the Children's Welfare League, and the Asheville Art Museum, and she was a founding member of what was formerly the Art Museum Auxiliary. She was very involved in the Junior League's Children's Theatre productions, which were performed for schoolchildren throughout the area, and played the leading role in many of these productions. In 1934 she was named queen of the historic Asheville Rhododendron Festival and was made honorary commander of the Rhododendron Royal Brigade of Guards for her service to the city and to the Brigade, organized a year earlier. She was a gifted artist and possessed an indomitable spirit and an amazing memory; her accounts of things she had experienced throughout her life were treasured by family and friends. She was devoted to her family, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her special joy. Her family is deeply grateful to the dedicated caregivers and friends who assisted her in recent years and enabled her to remain at home. She is survived by a daughter, Myra Stewart Rogers Lynch of Fairview; grandson Andrew Stewart Lynch and his wife, Rebecca P. Lynch, of Savannah, GA; granddaughters Alison Lynch Ferreira and her husband, Jose P. Ferreira, of New York City, and Megan Lynch Johnson and her husband, Todd E. Johnson, of New York City, as well as five great-grandchildren, Mattison Rekate Lynch and Phoebe McKenzie Lynch of Savannah, and Catherine Penelope Ferreira, John Stewart Ferreira, and Donald Ridgeway Johnson of New York City. She is also survived by a brother, Ridgeway Trimble Lynch of Fairview, and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 3 PM at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore, where she was a lifelong member. Memorials may be made to the Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan St., Asheville, NC 28803, River Link, Inc., 170 Lyman St., Asheville, NC 28801, the Junior League of Asheville's Angel Watch Program or the Junior League Foundation, P.O. Box 7315, Asheville, NC 28802, or CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Popsie, I just spoke to George McAtee on Facebook and mentioned to him I was trying to locate you. He infomed me of your mother’s passing…what a wonderful long life…and that you were in Fairview. Please know that my prayers are being sent your way. Should you find this guestbook entry please email me. Lots of Love, Peggy Palmer English


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