Ruth Webster Kromer

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Ruth Webster Kromer, 71, died on January 1, 2012, at Memorial Mission Hospital of respiratory failure. Having grown up in Arkansas and Mississippi, Ruth lived in Asheville since 1980. She was the daughter of the late Burton S. and Marjorie S. Webster. Ruth attended Millsaps College, Jackson, MS, completing coursework in early childhood education. She concluded her career in education with Buncombe County schools, serving Black Mountain Primary and Sand Hill - Venable Elementary schools for 21 years as a teacher assistant until her retirement in 2001. Gracious and nurturing, she was an avid cook and loved needlework, using the latter to support Project Linus, producing blankets for charity. She was a member of Groce United Methodist Church; served in various capacities in its ministry, and cherished her involvement with her church family. Ruth is survived by her husband, L. Phillip Kromer of Asheville; sons Roger Kromer and his partner Joe Moore of Arlington, VA and Allen Kromer, and his wife Kim Yurkovich, and grandchildren Eli Kromer and Lily Kromer, all of Asheville; as well as brothers, Sheldon Webster and family of Birmingham, AL, and Stuart Webster and family of Vicksburg, MS. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 6, at 1 p.m. at Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville, with the Revs. Gerald Davis and Avery White officiating. A private interment will be held at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 or to Groce UMC, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.

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  1. I’m so sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. I worked with her at SHV and my son also had her in first grade, she was a well loved lady and always kind. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

  2. Phil, Al, Roger, and family,
    We’re so sorry for your loss. Ruth was a very special woman, and along with the rest of you Kromers, always made us feel like we were part of your extended family. Know that you’re in our prayers.

  3. We were so sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was a very special lady. We know that your love for her and her love for you will live on in the many memories you shared. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Phil and family,
    I am thinking of you during this sad time. Ruth was such a kind and caring person. I feel blessed to have known her. I will miss her at our Venable gatherings.
    May God bless you.
    Helen Rice

  5. I am so sorry – Ruth was a special lady. I always admired her talents in so many ways at Groce UMC. She will be missed very much.

    May God comfort all of you.

  6. Dear Kromer Family,
    We are shocked and saddened to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was a fine example of a wife, mother, and grandmother, and I know that you will miss her, as will all of us. Please accept our deepest condolences, and know that we are here for you whenever you need us.
    Gene and Regina

  7. We are very sad to hear about Mrs. Kromer. She was a neat person and I am better for having been around her. Hang in there.

    Mark and Liza Gosnell

  8. My actual time with Ruth was short, but the impact she made on me was large. She was so sweet to our children–buying them books and putting together sand toys for our trip to the beach. And I still think about her statement that being able to skip is a necessary precursor to reading.

    Ruth was my favorite kind of no-nonsense Southern woman…speaking with grace and truth.

  9. Phil, Alan, Roger and family,

    We are heartbroken to hear about Ruth. It is a tremendous loss to all of us who knew and loved her. We are keeping you in our prayers. We struggle to imagine the hole that will be left in all of the lives of those of us who knew her.

  10. My thoughts and prayer are with the Kromer family in this difficult time. Mrs. Kromer was my 1st grade teacher 20 years ago and I still remember her loving ways and caring words. She will live on in all of our memories.
    Much love and prayers,

  11. Phil and family, I just received an email telling me of Ruth’s passing. Lynn and I are so sorry for your loss of such a special person as Ruth. We extend our prayers and friendship to you as you grieve, but with the assurance that we will one day be together with Ruth and our Lord. I hope to see you soon.

  12. Bill has such fond childhood memories of the times spent in Town Line, NY with his cousin when her family came to visit.
    We both feel that she gave us the gift of being so much like his beloved Mother. What dear women they both were!

  13. Read the sad news in the Starkville Daily News, Sorry for your loss, I will remember your family in my prayers. The Webster’s, Gentry’s and Oktoc..fond memories. I remember getting the homemade Christmas card creations she always made and sent out, I think my Mom has one of them still in one of her keepsake boxes. My Mom and Dad have gone on to glory too, can you imagine the homecoming there!

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