May 27, 1936 ~ January 16, 2018

Born in: Canton, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Peggy Moore Willett, 81, died January 16, 2018 at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center. A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas B. Moore and Lela Moody Moore. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Audrey M. McDonald, Grady W. Moore, Hilliard R. Moore, and Clinton H. Moore. Peggy was the widow of Walton W. Willett, Jr. who died November 26, 1989. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Rev. Leah Brown and her husband, William, a loved son by choice. Her grandsons, Cameron and Collin, were loved beyond measure and brought their “Memaw” great joy and pride. Her extended family includes 12 nieces and nephews and many cousins. A 1954 graduate of Marion High School, she was employed at Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, TN for several years. She returned to Asheville to provide care to her mother. She was Assistant Register of Deeds for Buncombe County for 29 years, retiring in 1996. She found purpose and meaning as a caregiver to several family members and her close friend, Peggy Duckett. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Asheville where she was a member since 2010. Rev. Dr. Mack Dennis, Rev. David Blackmon, and Rev. Dr. Guy Sayles will officiate. A private inurnment service will take place at First Baptist in the spring, Peggy’s favorite time of year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Asheville Sacred Garden or the charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank the compassionate and loving staff of CarePartners Hospice Solace Center and Groce Funeral Home.

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  1. What a precious lady! As long as I can remember, my parents, Rev Milton and Elizabeth Hollifield, enjoyed her friendship and the many prayers they shared together. They are together again in Heaven. I say, ‘Heaven’s Sounding Sweeter all the Time’. Love and prayers to her family. I know the hurt when you lose a mother and grandmother. Her legacy will live on.

  2. The playful sense of humor. Her contagious laugh. The get-it-right standard she taught by example. That rock-solid source of truth when you needed to hear it. The unyielding practice not to judge. Her undeniable pride in Leah, William, Cameron and Collin. The uncompromising determination to keep a confidence. That roll-up-your-sleeves-and-help-a-friend way to live. It was all Peggy to the core. She was genuine and real. John Bogle O’Reilly’s quote is a perfect fit: Be true to your word and your work and your friend. She was true to all three. We are honored to have known her.

  3. Leah and family,
    Your mother was lady that took ace of folks and raised a fine daughter. You have been so faithful in caring for your mother. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if you need anything.

    With Sympathy,

  4. Dear family,
    We are sorry about your mother. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May as much love you give daily come back to you many times over.

    In His Hands,
    With Sympathy and Love,
    Pat and Butch

  5. Dear Leah, Bill and family, so sorry to hear of your mothers passing, she was such a lovely lady, we share in your sorrow and know that she is walking hand in hand with our Lord now. Gus and I moved to Franklin, NC in July to be with our family here but still love our memories as neighbors in Bent Creek. With love, Shirley and Gus Colgerakis


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