July 28, 1911 ~ October 4, 2010

Born in: Yancey Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

STELLA PETERSON LOVE ASHEVILLE – Stella Peterson Love, 99, of Governors View Road, Asheville passed away Monday, October 4, 2010 at her residence. A native of Yancey Co., the Mine Fork Community, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Florence Macourry Peterson. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Paul Love. Surviving are two daughters, Gail L. Jones and her husband Don and Merle Florence Love of Asheville; three grandchildren, Jill Love, Elizabeth Gail Sheridan and Paul Wayne Forrester; three great-grandchildren, Camille Sagonias, Colleen and Bridget Sheridan and sons-in-law Nicholas Sagonias and Dan Sheridan. Mrs. Love was the oldest living charter member of Beverly Hills Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2010 at Skyview Memorial Park with Reverend William A. Snyder officiating. The family invites friends to the home of Merle Love, 198 Governors View Road following the service for a celebration of life gathering. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the graveside service at the funeral home. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813. Groce Funeral Home East Asheville on Tunnel Road is assisting with arrangements.

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  1. We were sorry to hear of your Mother’s death. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    What a wonderful family she had.
    Our love to all.

    Jerry & Kathy Henderson

  2. Gail and Family, so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. What a lot of life she experienced, at 99 years of age!! Love and sympathy to all of you, Nancy and Boyce Lyon

  3. Dear Merle,I was so sorry to hear about your mother.I remember you talking about her at some of our lunches and I really respected the fact that you were caring for her.You were really blessed to have had her for so long and I am sure it was because she was so loved by her family and so well taken care of.May God bless you and the family during this sad time.Please forgive me for not being there Fri.,but we are leaving for Ind. in the morning and will not be back until Tues.I will be thinking of you.Love,Mary Jo

  4. known mrs love since 1959….always so gracious to me and all merle’s friends….great memory .. about 3 years ago my mother and i visited merle and her mother…’ the 2 mothers got into a spirited argument on who made the best cornbread’merle and i cracked up…. a grand memory of a grand person…. God bless her in heaven today

  5. Dear Merle, I received an e-mail from Sefus about your Mom. I did not know your Mom personally, but she sure raised a wonderful daughter in you!! We are all the age when we lose our parents and it is not easy on us. We certainly will keep your family in our prayers. Merle, I would love to have been with you and Sefus during the cornbread discussion, better yet I would like to eat the corbread!! God bless your family, Bill Waddell

  6. Merle,
    I was so sorry to hear about your mother passing. Know what a close relationship you and she had. I will be tied up at church on Friday afternoon doing the Angel Food Sign-up but I am thinking of you. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. No words can describe it.

  7. Merle & Gail, You two have been the best – honoring your mom over these recent years with your constant and continual caregiving. We are sad to hear of her passing but be assured of God’s comfort during these days. Dale & Judy

  8. Merle, Jill, Wayne, Gail, 99 years, 2 months, 6 days. What an incredible journey for GiGi to have traveled! She led you all thru many of life’s lessons. You became parent to the parent.Now the circle is complete. Be comforted. Live in gratitude. She did. Cousin Dan, dmccurry3@aol.com

  9. Merle and Gail…The Heavens were radiant this morning at sunrise, and the first thing I thought of was your mom. What a glorious day to celebrate her life. Your love and dedication have earned both of you stars in your crowns!
    Love to each of you,
    Jim and Margaret(Ridenhour) Falcetta

  10. A wonderful great-aunt full of stories and memories to share with all of us, how we all loved her..Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you. She was a great lady! My thoughts are with you during these difficult times.
    Love Danny

  11. This message is for Gail Jones. Judy Williams informed my that your mother pased away. I remember the many good times we had at the Chapel at The Cove. I wish to express my sympathy for your loss.

  12. Stella (G.G.) Love was one of the most delightful and colorful people I have ever met. I am so fortunate to have spent almost an entire summer with her the year I stayed at Merle’s. I got to hear her tell stories about her childhood, peppered with jokes and wisecracks about family members and people she came in contact with as she grew up. Even at the age she was then in 2006 she was bright, energetic, and adventursome. She loved going out with us in the car. I have photos of her taken at craft and music festivals, her ‘signature’ baseball cap and all. On one of our rides through the mountains, she showed me ‘Moonshine Road’. She must be one of the last of an era in the mountains around Asheville. I hope someone writes a book.

  13. Gail, Your mom must certainly have been a wonderful person to have raised such wonderful daughters. We are all thinking about you with love at this time in your life. Love, Elaine, Richard Whisnant and Bernice Peebles

  14. I don’t know if you remember me but I kept my pony in your field and lived up the road at 211 Governor’s view.Your family was always nice to me. I am sorry for your loss.Stella lived a nice long life and we will all see her again someday.My deepest sympathy to you all.


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