Sarah Margaret Plaisance

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Sarah Stewart (Sam) Plaisance, 39, of 37 Warwick Road, Asheville, died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at Duke Medical Center in Durham.

Mrs. Plaisance was born in Cumberland County and was a graduate of the Glade Valley School. She attended UNC-Asheville and worked as Administrative Assistant for Business-Estate Underwriters, Inc.

She is survived by her husband, David P. Plaisance; one son, David Stewart Plaisance of the home; her parents, the Rev. John David and Freida Kelly Stewart of Asheville; and two sisters, Carrie Stewart-Emrick and her husband Charles of Asheville and Meg Rose of Asheville.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 am Saturday at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Frank Cancro officiating. Private interment will be at a later date at the Kenilworth Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden.

Her family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Adult Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Duke University Medical Center, Box 3961, Durham, NC 27710, in memory of Sarah Plaisance.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting her family.

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  1. Sam had the most spirit and presence of anyone I’ve ever met. We’ll all miss the humor, love, and grace with which she approached life. Jeremy and I are stunned and saddened by her passing, and are keeping your family in our prayers.

    All my love,

  2. David, we are very sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are, and have been in our prayers.
    Tom & Mary Ann

  3. Dear David, We are so sorry to learn of your loss. You have always been one of my favorites among Bill’s friends and I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. I worked with Sam at Books-a-Million for 3.5 years. Sam was a wonderful lady who I always loved to talk to. My condolences to her husband and son.

  5. Carrie and family, You all have brought joy and friendship into our lives and we are deeply saddened by your loss. We love you all and we are here for anything you may need. Love, Rachel and Kathy

  6. Our deepest sympathy, prayers,
    and thoughts of healing hearts are with you now and always.

  7. I am really sorry for the loss of your mom David,
    and for the loss of your wife David. She was really
    cool even though I met her only a few times. I’m
    really sorry.


  8. If Sam could tell us how she wanted us to remember her, I think she’d say we should dry our tears and smile. She always made people feel good, and that’s how we’ll remember her.

  9. My very deepest sympathy to Freida, John David, Carrie, Meg, David and David Stewart and all other family members. My heart is so heavy for each of you, but God will take care of you and Sam knows, I’m sure, her love will sustain and strengthen you through this time of great stress and sorrow. My prayers always. E. Blevins, CHS

  10. To Freida, John David and David,
    Please know how much you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Our love, Millicent and Ben

  11. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this very sad time. We love you and pray that God brings you peace. Heaven has a new angel and we rejoice in having known her.
    All our love, Nancy, Dave, Paige and Greer

  12. David,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss.

    Chip Cook

  13. Sam was a very special person to me. I don’t think she ever knew what an influence she had in my life. The few years that I had the privilege to work with her at Books-A-Million will always be remembered fondly. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends. I will never forget Sam.

  14. a wonderful person who will be missed by all her loved ones. my condolences to all her family.god will bless her.

  15. Sam was such a strong person and someone I wanted to get to know better. I among many others will truly miss her,but she will continue with all of us through her immediate and extended families and all the many friends she made. She gave so much while she was with us. May God bless you and keep all of you extra close during this time.

  16. We share in your sorrow at the terrific loss of Sam. Our love is there with you.
    Love and best wishes
    Stewart and Mary Jane

  17. David, our thoughts and prayers are with you
    and both families. It is so hard to understand
    the loss of Sam. She is a champion. May her
    love and courage with God’s grace carry you
    and give you peace.

  18. Dear John David and Freida,
    I’m lost for words. I was so praying for Sam’s recovery. I knew only a speck of her life, but what a wonderful speck that was. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ll always remember her as the little girl on the front porch of your house on Sycamore Street in Rocky Mount. We were having home-made lemon ice cream, and she was a delighful and funny co-host.
    Offering you my sympathy seems so little for such a grown-up little girl.

    Ed Riner

    • I too knew Sam and the fam from Rocky Mount. They we’re all awesome. I just came across this, heartbroken but certain her memory remains strong in all those for who she met. She was a incredible girl/woman. Prayers still, to the Family

  19. Patrick and Jeanene Sigmon from next door to Dawn,Gene and Winston Walker. Also, friends of Susan and Maurice.

  20. I have known Sam since 93. For 3 years we had a telephonic business relation, me in Columbia, Sc with Books-A-Million and her in the Asheville store. Then in 1996 I came to Asheville and we became not only co-workers but friends. She was a wonderful caring person to all who knew her. she was so very pleasant and outgoing. She will be greatly missed.

  21. David,
    I intended to come up today with Carr McCaskill and Doug Scott but came down with the flu yesterday and was not able to make the trip.
    I cannot begin to imagine the loss you are feeling, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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