August 20, 1927 ~ March 21, 2020

Born in: Satin, TX
Resided in: Biltmore Forest, NC

Fairview- Rita Auwice Brewer Coleman, 92, of Biltmore Forest, died Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Fleshers of Fairview Healthcare Center.

A native of Satin, TX, she was the daughter of the late John Earl Brewer and Gertrude Sharp Brewer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Wyette Coleman and a son, Jeffrey B. Coleman.

Auwice had a passion working with and supporting seniors. She volunteered at Sunset House Community in Toledo, Ohio for many years. She also was a dedicated wife, visiting her husband daily for 4 years until his passing from Parkinson’s disease, at Green Tree Ridge in Asheville, NC.

She loved plants and flowers, and her home in Biltmore Forest was an example of her gardening talents. She was very creative with crafts and decorating, especially during the holidays. She was married to her husband William for 51 years and traveled throughout the world including raising their children in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They retired to the Asheville area in 1988 from Toledo, Ohio, residing in Biltmore Forest.

She is survived by a daughter, Kelly Ann Coleman of Atlanta, GA and a son, Steven Earl Coleman (Debbie Riels) of Asheville. Her family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all the staff at Fleshers Healthcare Center for the genuine care and support shown to Auwice over the past two years.

A private graveside service will be held at Green Hills Cemetery.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.



Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Our sympathies to Steve and Kelly from Toledo, Ohio. So many good times spent with your mom and dad plus the many years working with your dad. Both very special people. Larry and Judy Beckert

  2. One of the sweetest and fun loving ladies I ever had the privilege of meeting. Mom Coleman was a dear friend to many and I am thankful for the time I was able to spend with her. We communicated through letters for years. I still have a poem that she wrote and sent to me when I purchased my home back in 2004. A precious lady who will surely missed but left us with many valuable memories.

  3. We extend our deepest sympathies to Steve and Kelly and Debbie. We are holding all of you in our prayers during this difficult time with the passing of your Mother. Much Love and Prayers, Ray, Jacqueline, and Marissa (Barnett) McGavran

  4. Dear sweet Mom Coleman. I first loved your son Jeffrey and through him met you and Dad Coleman and fell in love with you, too. I will always cherish all the little things you did. From making your own bows for each, very personalized gift you sent, to the countless letters and cards you sent throughout the years. Steve and Kelly I am so sorry for your loss but know that she is with dad and Jeffrey now and can you imagine that reunion? đź’ś

  5. Kelly and Steve, so sorry to hear about your mom. She was so lovely and did so many nice things for my mom helping her survive a foreign country to helping her decorate our home and plant beautiful flowers in our gardens. I hope she is at peace with your dad and Jeff. Julie

  6. I have wonderful memories who I knew as Mrs Coleman. She purchased many pieces of my folkart back in Toledo and we became wonderful friends. I even had a chance in the early 90’s to visit their home in Ashville. Beautiful memories.


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