Surrounded by love and close family, Ann Ray, of Asheville, died peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2018.
Ann is survived by her beloved sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Chesley Singleton, as well as her children, Susan Benfield Riddle, and Edward William Ray along with his wife, Jennifer. She also leaves behind grandchildren, Elizabeth Cart, Katherine Marie, Jackson Weaver, Cassidy Grace, and Lauren Taylor; as well as a niece, Lynn Marie, a nephew, David Chesley, and their families. She was preceded in death by her dear parents, Marie and William Weaver Pritchard.
A lifelong resident of Asheville, Ann was a devoted member of Grace Baptist Church where, for decades, she dedicated much of her time and energy to the choir and music program. Ann was also a loving and passionate Registered Nurse for over 30 years at Memorial Mission Hospital. Her graciousness and love were well-known to all who were lucky enough to share time with her in this life. She found her greatest joy in her close, loving family.
Her family would like to give special thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, and other staff who provided kind and compassionate care over the last several months with particular gratitude to Drs. Ahearn, Austin, and Thrash.
A celebration of Ann's life will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 718 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806. Visitors will be received immediately following in the fellowship hall. The family will continue to its private gravesite in Marshall, NC, for burial.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the music department of Grace Baptist Church, where Ann herself found and shared joy.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.