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Blanche Smith

 

Last updated 9/16/2020 at 5:03pm

Blanche Smith, 71, of Brevard, passed away Sept. 5, 2020, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, due to complications from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Her four daughters were by her side.

Born June 6, 1949, one of 14 children, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester Smith and Mary Ola Dotson Smith. In addition to her parents, her brothers, Levy Smith, Charles Preston Smith, Willie Sylvester Smith, Homer Smith, Thomas Roosevelt Smith, Floyd Smith, Joe Samuel Smith and an infant brother; sister, Martha Ann Whitmire, and sisters-in-law, Betty Smith Mary Smith and Marguerite Smith; and brothers-in-law, Edward Humphries, Herbert Avery and Robert Whitmire, predeceased her. Her longtime friend and companion, Ralph Mann, also preceded her in death.

She attended Brevard High School and was a member of Glade Creek Baptist Church. She also worked at Ecusta.

She was a good mother and grandmother. Before suffering a disabling stroke, she loved to dance and she loved to cook. As a resident at Accordius Health, she loved to greet people, and to love on the nurses and CNAs, who referred to her as “Granny,” or “Mama Blanche.”

Her survivors include her daughters, Frances Gash and Sylvia Gash, both of Brevard, Carolyn Denise Wilson (Michael), of Statesville, N.C., and Faye Gash, also of Brevard; stepsons, Spencer Young, of Fletcher, and Kendall Rudisil, of Hendersonville; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Marybelle Humphries, of Forest City, Nina Avery, of Pisgah Forest, and Barbara Conley (Carl), of Pisgah Forest; one brother, Robert Smith, of Murrells Inlet, S.C .; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; cousins; and Dwight Gash, ex-husband and friend.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in her honor in 2021. The date and time will be announced.

The family would like to thank Accordius Health for the care they gave to their loved one; to friends who offered comfort and prayers; and to Mission Health for allowing the family to be by their mother’s bedside as she transitioned, to keep the promise made to their mother that she would not die alone, they are most grateful.

 
 

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