Nancy Rheuark Matt

nancy matt

May 24, 1952 ~ March 5, 2023

Born in: Langley Air Force Base Hospital, VA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Nancy Rheuark Matt, 70, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Mission Hospital.

Nancy was born May 24, 1952, at Langley Air Force Base (VA) Hospital to the late Howard L. Rheuark, Sr. and Sarah Jane Moore Rheuark. She was a retired school teacher and more recently took pride as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist working with visually impaired children.

She and her husband, retired Lt. Col. Craig P. Matt, lived in several states as well as England and the Phillipines before moving to Asheville in 2019. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church where she was a founding member of the St. Joan of Arc Quilting Ministry. She was also a member of the Asheville Quilt Guild and the Carolina Mountain Longarm Association.

In addition to her husband, Craig, she is survived by a son, Philip C. Matt (Sara), a grandson, Colin; sisters Sylvia King (Jim) and Susan Waters (George) and a brother, Howard L. Rheuark, Jr. (Sharon).

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Dean Cesa at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2023, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

The family will greet friends from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the church prior to Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the American Cancer Society or to the St. Joan of Arc Quilting Ministry, 768 Asbury Road, Candler, NC 28715.


Funeral Mass: March 24, 2023 11:00 am

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
768 Asbury Road
Candler, NC 28715


Gathering of Friends & Family: March 24, 2023 10:30 am - April 12, 2024 11:00 am

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
768 Asbury Road
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Nancy, I will miss our working together, our conversations and the joy your family brought you. I am beyond glad we stayed in touch – your positive energy will remain a bright light in so many lives. Craig, Nancy loved you so very much and seeing you together was the sweetest thing. Philip and Sara, she told me over and over how happy being a mom and grandma made her! You all will be in my prayers forever.

  2. Nancy was one of my students at The Ohio State University when she completed the O&M program; she became a trusted colleague and friend since that time. The world will be a little less bright without her shine. Sending my sincere condolences and prayers to her family and loved ones. Rest in peace. 🙏🏻

  3. Sending my condolences. ❤️🙏🏻I feel fortunate to have helped Nancy along on her education to become an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. She was a kind & caring person. I hope your family can take time to heal!

  4. I got the pleasure of doing Nancy‘s hair in Westerville Ohio. There’s just certain people that you meet that you have a connection with and she was one of them. I was able to see her in Asheville a couple of times when me and my husband were down there met at the Wicked Weed.
    Was able to see the house her and her husband built. unfortunately that was a couple years ago and I really wanted to see her again. She was an amazing person. The last time I had text her she was so excited that she was going to have grandchild. So glad she had that time with him
    Prayers to the family at this difficult time

  5. Craig & Philip, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I am no longer able to travel but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Craig, Philip, Sara and Colin: Nancy was the “Happy Camper model/poster child” – she was always organized, always had a dish to share, always had a wonderful story to tell, always upbeat, and always looking for an adventure. She was a delightful guest, an excellent hostess as well as dear, dear friend. We loved her wit and sense of humor with her ‘stump the chef’ kitchen gadget gifts or with hosting a murder mystery party. I thoroughly enjoyed our Christopher and Banks shopping sprees in Stillwater and the Segway tour of downtown Columbus. Nancy was a great shopper, a fellow ‘foodie’ and a good ‘partner in crime’ and euchre. We will miss her so much and will try to be as kind and as thoughtful and as good a friend as she was. Our deepest sympathy, Judy and John

  7. Quilters’ Prayer
    God, grant me the serenity…to accept the things I cannot change, …to make a quilt to help me cope. … a quilt to give, to comfort those I love in times of hurt, fear and uncertainty. And the courage to keep sewing when life itself seems held together by a single thread of hope

  8. I’m so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was a beautiful soul and always smiling and positive. Sending prayers to Craig and her son and family. May she rest in peace.

  9. Nancy was a kind and loving spiritual soul. She was always upbeat, graciously sharing her quilting knowledge and her home to us to have a sewing fest together. She always prepared and shared food with us, also her quilting knowledge and friendship. She was so thrilled to have a grandson to love and spoil. She will be sorely missed by her family and her friends,. It was a pleasure and honor to have known her. Phyllis Brant

  10. Dearest Nancy,

    I will miss you always, especially your love of all you touched! I know that you are in the loving arms of God. Dearest Craig and family, know that you are in our prayers as you celebrate the life of Nancy, in these days and days to come.

  11. I got to know Nancy at FCBDD. Such a wonderful person. May God’s presence and love guide the family to help bring healing 🙏

  12. Nancy expressed her sincere love and concern so beautifully for each of us. May she now rest in peace with the Lord. Deepest sympathy to Craig and family.

    Ellie McCurdy

  13. Nancy was such a beautiful soul, and we are so sad to hear of her passing. I remember fondly our days together in Oklahoma City. There was no one on this earth kinder than Nancy. She will be missed.
    Our love and sympathy,
    Ginny and Bill Langtim

  14. Craig and Family,
    Nancy made a lot of hearts happier and countless lives more fulfilled–ours included. We will miss her deeply.
    We regret that we are in Texas until April and will be unable to attend Nancy’s service/mass.
    Wishing you peace as you grieve your loss.

  15. Nancy was a cherished and longtime dear friend of ours. We were greatly saddened to hear of her passing. She was a delightful person to be around and will forever be remembered. We cherish a quilt she made for us that is always on display in our home. It is personally signed by her and will be a constant reminder not only of her great talent, but also of our love for her and what a great person she was. We miss her and send Craig and his entire family our prayers of comfort during this difficult time.

  16. Nancy left us memories of kindness in her work with children . May God comfort you in your loss. Ann coworker from early childhood at Franklin County.

  17. With much sadness l say goodby to a lifelong friend. We met in elementary school and have remained friends throughout all these years even though we didn’t see each other a lot. Nancy never had an unkind word about anyone. One of my fondest memories is all the weekends we went horseback riding together. I am sorry my husband and I didn’t get a chance to visit her this spring as we had hoped. Our deepest condolences to her family.

  18. Nancy was a sweet, kind and generous soul and we were grateful she was our neighbor in Asheville. Our deepest sympathies to Craig and the Matt family.

  19. Nancy was the best in all fields, as friend, teacher, wife, mom, and now grandma, her most cherished position. I’m so sad that her beautiful family has to finish this earthly life without her beside them physically but I am certain she will be their guiding light throughout.

    Nancy’s mischievous smile and sweet disposition will be greatly missed by many. I will love her always and will keep her family in my prayers forever.

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