Ruth Webster Kromer
June 28, 1940 ~ January 1, 2012
Resided in: Asheville, NC
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.