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Frances Myers(1928 - 2013)

Frances Joiner Myers

Swannanoa - Frances Joiner Myers passed away at the family home in Swannanoa on Saturday, January 26 following a long illness.

Frances was born in Montgomery, Alabama on June 27, 1928, the daughter of Homer Alex Joiner and Dorothy Thornbury Joiner. Her father was an executive with Swift & Co., and Frances grew up in several cities as the family moved around the country before finishing high school at Christ the King in Atlanta. She attended Siena College and became an administrative assistant before marrying Frederick Myers, Jr. on June 10, 1950.

She was the loving center of a home for Fred and their six children, the wife of a county extension agent, farmer and feed sales manager. In 1985 they built their dream home at the head of a cove on their farm in Swannanoa.

Frances was a talented quilter and gardener and a volunteer with Meals-on-Wheels and in her parish churches as well as a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She leaves her husband, Fred, and their six children, Fred (Ilsa) Myers of Amherst, MA, Fran (Doug) Thigpen of Swannanoa, Beth (Jim Mills) Myers of Creston, CA, Peggy (Ray) Knopp of Swannanoa, Mary Ann Myers of Asheville and John (Bobbi) Myers of Fairview. She will be missed by her grandchildren, Benjamin Myers, Sarah Bourgeois, Hannah Myers, Andrew Thigpen, Lindsay, Sam and Whitten Knopp and Dawson Myers, and her great granddaughter, Maeve Myers. She is survived by her sisters, Jean Durden of Roswell, GA and Beverly Barton of Aurora, CO; she is predeceased by her sister Annette Lillard and brother Alex Joiner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 102 Andrew Place, Swannanoa followed by interment at Mountain View Memorial Park in Black Mountain. Father Matthew Leonard will officiate. The family will receive friends at Groce Funeral Home, 856 Tunnel Road, Asheville, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to CarePartners Health Services/Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the many caregivers who supported Fred and his family with their loving attention to Frances.

The memorial page is available at grocefuneralhome.com.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the Myers Family.

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Jan. 28, 2013
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