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Whitney Kathleen Ballance

Black Mountain - Whitney Kathleen Ballance, 37, of Black Mountain and formerly of Greenville, NC died unexpectedly April 8, 2020.

She was the daughter of Dr. William A. Ballance, Jr. and Lisa (Johnson) Ballance of Greenville. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Nelson M. and Wilma L. Johnson, formerly of Arden; paternal grandmother, Edna E. Ballance, formerly of Fremont; and an uncle, Timothy E. Ballance, formerly of Greenville.

Whitney was a 2001 graduate of JH Rose High School in Greenville and received her BS in Nursing from East Carolina University, where she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. After completing the CRNA Program at MUSC, she was employed by Hartford Anesthesiology Associates in CT, and later Mission Health in Asheville.

Whitney had a great sense of humor who could be somewhat of a prankster. She was known for sharing funny stories. She was meticulous and well-respected in her field. Her loyalty and thoughtfulness will be missed by her friends and family.

An avid animal lover, Whitney especially loved her two French Bulldogs, Liam and Saylor.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, William A. Ballance III of Greenville, NC; a sister, Allison M. Ballance of Belmont, NC; her paternal grandfather, William A. Ballance, Sr. of Fremont; 3 aunts: Sylvia M. Ballance of Fremont; Ellen Barnes (Ray) of Winston-Salem; Amy McGrath (Bill) of Cleveland, TN; an uncle, Clark Johnson (Tami) of Princeton, NC; cousins Dane and Scott Barnes and Adam and Brandon Ballance, all of Raleigh; James McGrath of New York City; Rebecca McGrath of Cleveland, TN; and Matt and Keith Johnson of Smithfield, NC.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

To post a condolence online, please visit www.grocefuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Whitney's memory may be made to the local Humane Society in your area, or to French Bulldog Rescue online at www.frenchbulldogrescue.org.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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Published in Asheville Citizen-Times from Apr. 11 to Apr. 13, 2020.
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April 27, 2020
Bill & Lisa....we are so very sorry to hear about Whitney. Our Love and Prayers are with you during this time. Keep the faith and cherish all the memories of Life's Journey...Randy & Sherrill Beaman
April 23, 2020
Thank you for what you did for us. You hung in there and never gave up on us. You gave us your life. Thank you is not enough. I know God said well done.
April 22, 2020
My condolences for the loss of your beloved daughter . Dedicated to saving lives and a blessing to you and the world. May Whitney RIP.
Linda Kimbell
April 21, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of your loss... we will pray for you everyday...
Fritzie Leone
April 17, 2020
I remember Whitneys excitement being admitted to ECUs nursing program. More than that, I remember her Moms pregnancy with her first-born in while enrolled in our nursing program. Lisa, my heart breaks for your loss. Love, hugs and prayers for you and your entire family.
April 13, 2020
Lisa and Bill, have just received this sad news about Whitney! My heart is broken for you two and I will keep you in my prayers! Have a special memory of Whitney that I will private message to you. May you find comfort in knowing you were the best parents a girl could ever have!
April 13, 2020
Whitney was in the class ahead of me in anesthesia school at MUSC. Even though its been many years, I specifically remember her being very welcoming and sweet to us newer students. You always remember people who inspired you in the early stages of your career and she was one who stuck out to me. I was shocked and saddened to read of her passing. My prayers and thoughts are with her family and friends.
April 13, 2020
Strong CRNA, quick wit and huge heart! Can't believe she is gone! Blessings to all who knew her such a tragic loss.
Cathy Nichols
April 13, 2020
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Deborah Robertson
April 13, 2020
Whitney was a smart, caring, and kind friend. She always made me laugh. She was an excellent CRNA, that I always enjoyed working with. She will be missed!
Luke Aldo
April 12, 2020
Whitney was an excellent CRNA and a truly genuine person. She surprised me last year with the most thoughtful gifts for my new baby, including a beautiful stuffed bunny that my now one year old daughter loves. Every time I see the bunny now I think of Whitney. Hearing the news of her passing breaks my heart and I hope for strength and peace for her family.
Krista Madden
April 12, 2020
Whitney was one of my favorite CRNAs at Mission Hospital. It was a honor to know and work with her. She always took wonderful care of her patients and the staff that worked with her. We will all miss her smile and funny since of humor. May God Bless your family at this time.
Cheri Austin
April 12, 2020
I did not know Whitney personally, But I know her Dad, and I know that she was a wonderful person as well.
Dr. B was so proud of her, and I pray for some kind of comfort for him.
Craig Woolard
April 12, 2020
I met Whitney ever so briefly several times at work. She was so genuine and funny. Her mom is a long time favorite and an inspiration to me. Much love Lisa and to your family.
Happy trails and Godspeed, Whitney.
Bill Lamar Waynesville, NC
April 11, 2020
I absolutely loved Whitney. We had a great day when we were working together. We shared many laughs and I will miss her terribly. I wish I had shared a cup of coffee with her outside of work. I wish life wouldnt have consumed me
And I couldve known her better. She was an excellent practitioner. Such a tragic loss. I am praying for the family and all who cared for Whitney.
Melissa Wright
April 11, 2020
Whitney and I want to anesthesia school at MUSC together. She has such a quiet and unassuming way about her. She truly touched all those she knew. God speed sweet girl.
Bonny Ferguson
April 11, 2020
Dearest Whitney thank you so much for your bravery and for being a warrior to protect other people, we honor you and will never forget you thank you so much... lost but NEVER FORGOTTEN
Jennifer Linsey
April 11, 2020
Whitney was a good friend to me. She was a great CRNA, and I was always happy to work with her. She spent last Christmas with me because it was my first Christmas without my mother. She came, literally carrying totes of gifts, that were so thoughtful. I am so sorry for her family. I will miss her very much.
Sharon Patton
April 11, 2020
Condolences to all, praying for the family
Joyce Martin
April 11, 2020
I remember Whitney for being a top notch CRNA and patient advocate who commanded excellent patient care in the OR . Peace be with you Whitney ❤
Kim He sl
April 10, 2020
Sending my thoughts and prayers
Lauren Davis
April 10, 2020
Whitney was an amazing CRNA to work with. She was incredibly dedicated to her patients. Her absence is palpable. We love her so much.
Andy Hoaglan
April 10, 2020
Dr. Ballance - my prayers, thoughts, and love are with your entire family.
Suzanne Woolard
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