ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Ruth Webster Kromer, 71, died
Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Memorial Mission Hospital of respiratory
Having grown up in Arkansas and Mississippi, Ruth lived in
Asheville since 1980. She was the daughter of the late Burton
S. and Marjorie S. Webster.
Ruth attended Millsaps College in Jackson, completing
coursework in early childhood education. She concluded her
career in education with Buncombe County schools, serving
Black Mountain Primary and Sand Hill-Venable Elementary
schools for 21 years as a teacher assistant until her retirement
Gracious and nurturing, she was an avid cook and loved
needlework, using the latter to support Project Linus, producing
blankets for charity. She was a member of Groce United
Methodist Church. She served in various capacities in its ministry
and cherished her involvement with her church family.
Ruth is survived by her husband, L. Phillip Kromer of
Asheville; sons, Roger Kromer and his partner Joe Moore of
Arlington, Va., and Allen Kromer, and his wife Kim Yurkovich;
grandchildren Eli Kromer and Lily Kromer, all of Asheville;
brothers, Sheldon Webster and family of Birmingham, Ala.,
and Stuart Webster and family of Vicksburg.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at
Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville,
N.C., with the Revs. Gerald Davis and Avery White officiating.
A private interment will be held at the Western Carolina State
Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to
the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite
800, Washington, DC 20004 or to Groce UMC, 954 Tunnel
Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
The online register is available at http://www.grocefuneralhome .