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Ms. Edythe Elizabeth B. Webb departed this life in her elegant, peaceful way Monday evening December 27, 2021, at the age of 92 years young.
She was born to the late Benjamin Perry Webb and the late Carrie Fay Webb Waugh on December 26, 1929, in Asheville, NC.
She attended Stephens-Lee High School in Asheville, and NC A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.
She proudly completed all requirements as an X-Ray Technician at Cedar Sinai in Brooklyn, NY as one of the first African Americans to do so. She eventually moved back to Asheville to raise her two children and to be near her family. Relocating to Asheville in the early 1960’s did not prove very welcoming for an African American X-Ray Technician in the South. In spite of the discrimination she faced, she was determined to accept whatever employment opportunity opened to her to make sure her children experienced the best life. Her work ethic was impeccable, and what an example she set for Sharon and “Ricky”.
She retired from Square D Company in Asheville after 30+ years of dedicated service, but continued volunteering in the Asheville City Schools system through the Land of the Sky Foster Grandparent program, and also as a hospice volunteer with Solace in Asheville. She was a recipient of the “Woman of the Year” award at Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church which was her home church as well as that of her father.
She was preceded in death by her son, Peter J. Kelly, III “Ricky”.
She is known by her daughter as a woman of strength who ensured her children were confident in who they were, and also confident in sharing the gifts God gave them to contribute to the world. She was also very loving, compassionate, an advocate, feisty, vocal, wise, knowledgeable, trustworthy, a giver, confident, poised, organized, had an excellent business acumen, neat, loyal, available to her children, respectful, well-spoken, humorous, a woman full of class and style, lover of God, and many more attributes. Her most recent familiar quote, “My God is a good God.” She was most pleased to witness both of her children graduate from college and achieve post college academic accomplishments without incident. She was also proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter Dr. Sharon Kelly West of Asheville, grandsons Paul West of California and Kyle Peter Kelly of Ohio, granddaughters Glenda Shanta Kelly of Virginia, Kellye E. West of Savannah, GA, and Jennifer M. West of Atlanta, GA, great-grandchildren Ariona and Bakari, wonderful cousins and many caring friends.
A service to honor the life of Ms. Edythe Elizabeth B. Webb will be held at 10am Saturday, January 8th at Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church located at 146 Pine St. in Asheville. Viewing will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will immediately follow at Violet Hill Cemetery located at 454 Hazel Mill Rd in Asheville. Viewing will also be held at Avery's Memorial Chapel on Friday, January 7th from 11am-7pm. The service will be live streamed on Avery's Memorial Chapel's Facebook page.
It is requested that any monetary donations be made to caring compassionate organizations of your choice especially those who are caring for children and elders. Suggestions are Four Season’s Hospice (Flat Rock, NC), Memory Care of Asheville, Eliada Homes, Boys and Girl Clubs- in honor of Ms. Edythe E. Webb.
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