Violet Gouge

Violet Ward Gouge, 84, of Summit Avenue, Spruce Pine, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at her home.

Born Oct. 11, 1934, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Dink and Eva Ward. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack L. Gouge, and later by her second husband, Max Gouge Sr. She was also preceded in death by her son, Richard Linn Gouge; and several brothers and sisters.

Violet was a member of the First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. She loved being with her family, spending time with them and especially loved her great-grandchildren. She enjoyed her flowers and working with them, too.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Jackie Gouge and Lisa Gouge, both of Spruce Pine; her grandchildren, Marsha Hoyle and Ryan Ryall, of Spruce Pine, Dustin Hoyle, and wife, Pam, of Marion, and Heather Biddix Pendley, of Bakersville; great-grandchildren, Trevin Hoyle, Ethan Silver, Aiden Hoyle and Alex G. Ryall, all of Spruce Pine; and her sisters, Helen Viola, of South Carolina, and Lola Richards, of Michigan.

A funeral service honoring the life of Violet Gouge was 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at the Frist Baptist Church of Spruce Pine with Dr. Rocky Branch and Dr. David Vess officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 2-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine. Interment was in the Gouge Cemetery in Bakersville.

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge and the nurses of NICU of the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals for their wonderful care of Violet.  

Email words of comfort to the family by going to, selecting Violet Gouge’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Gouge family. Mrs. Gouge’s obituary is also on Facebook.

Mitchell News-Journal • Dec. 26, 2018

The MItchell News

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