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Gwendolyn Maude Merritt Blount

Gwendolyn Maude

Merritt Blount

1922 - 2012

Black Mountain - Gwendolyn Maude Merritt Blount, 90, of Black Mountain, North Carolina, died peacefully Friday, October 26, 2012. A resident of Buncombe County since 1966, Gwen was the daughter of the late Maude Lillian Webster and Claudius Flarzell Merritt of Gainesville, Florida. Gwen was preceded in death by her former husband, Maj. Edward Buck Blount, Jr.. Gwen is survived by her son, Louis E. Blount of Asheville, and her four daughters: Alma G. Blount (David) of Durham; Brenda Blount Phillips (John) of Wheaton, IL; Jackie M. Blount (BeJae) of Columbus, OH; and Carolyn Blount Brodersen (Brian) of Ventura, CA. She also leaves behind five grand-children: Devon Phillips, Malory Phillips Payne, Gareth Phillips, Gwyneth Phillips, and Jaclyn Brodersen.

Gwen grew up in Gainesville, Florida where she graduated from high school. She was a coloratura soprano and sang in her high school glee club. She later moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University, where she was a sorority sister in the Phi Mu fraternity, and where she graduated in 1946 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Religion and Journalism. Gwen served in the military during World War II in the United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve, the SPARS.

After WWII, Gwen was stationed in Washington, D.C.. In 1950, she married U.S. Army Air Corps officer and pilot, Edward Buck Blount, Jr., and they moved to Asheville in 1966. Gwen was a long-time active member of Black Mountain Presbyterian church. Gwen worked for 17 years at Tyson's Furniture Company in Black Mountain, NC.

Gwen was a fun-loving and optimistic person. She taught aerobics dancing in her 60s, sang in her church choir up until her 70s, still sold Avon and taught bible school up until her 80s, and was Wii bowling champion in her late 80s at Mountain Ridge Wellness Center. Although Gwen suffered many serious illnesses, she did not suffer from a lack of optimism. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 63. The cancer went into remission, and then came back at 80—and yet she lived to be 90. Gwen's strong Christian faith was a defining feature of her life and a major influence in how she viewed the world and her own circumstances.

Gwen's memorial ceremony will be a private affair. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Black Mountain's Mountain Ridge Wellness Center and their activities program.


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 4, 2012
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