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Barbara Steelman Groce

August 10, 1932 — February 2, 2015

Barbara Steelman Groce, August 10, 1932 - February 2, 2015.
Barbara Groce, 82, passed away in her home, February 2, 2015 following a brief illness. She is survived by her husband Bill, three children, Hal of Charlotte, NC, Marti and Clark of Woodstock, GA, along with six grandchildren, Hal and Sherri's children Erin and Zachary of Charlotte, Clark and Stacy's children, Megan, Claire, Caroline of Asheville and Woodstock and Marti's daughter Gabbi of Woodstock. She is also survived by sister, Susan Webb, Stantonsburg, NC, and two brothers, Robert of Danville, PA and Harold of Holly Springs, NC.
Born in St. Charles, a small coal mining community in western Virginia, Barbara moved to Kinston, North Carolina at age nine. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and earned a Master's in Education from Eastern Carolina University. Barbara taught in the North Carolina Public School System. She met her husband Bill in Charlotte, NC where their three children were born. Barbara retired from teaching with the birth of their first child. Barbara held a lifelong love of art, particularly hand crafted items. She built a successful business making wooden ornaments when they moved to Asheville, NC. She and friends started a successful handcraft business and opened a cross stitch shop in Charlotte. Upon moving to Atlanta in 1983, Barbara turned her energy to North Fulton Community Charities where she was a regular, working in the intake section.

Upon moving to the North Georgia Mountains in 2007, she turned to poetry as an outlet for the childhood and lifetime memories pressing for release. Although she had never written, she poured her energy into learning. She attended a number of classes and workshops, including the annual Writer's Conference sponsored by the Blue Ridge Arts Center. Numerous area, regional and national poets shared generously to mentor her. Barbara is a member of the Georgia Poetry Society, North Carolina Writers Network, the Kentucky State Poetry Society, the Shallow Enders and her local church poetry group.

Barbara's poems have been published in Pegasus, journal of the Kentucky State Poetry Society, Reach of Song, 2011, annual publication of the Georgia Poetry Society, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Spring 2011 and local newspapers. She has won awards from the Kentucky State Poetry Society (2009, 2010, 2011) and the Illinois State Poetry Society (2010). She published two Chapbooks, Appalachian Girl and Christmas Legends and in 2012 Cardinal House Publishing released a comprehensive collection of her poems entitled the Dancing Years.

Despite success building handcraft businesses and a late life poetry career, Barbara's priority was her family, particularly her grandchildren. She has left a strong legacy. Her poetry reflects her character and values and will reinforce her influence through generations.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association, Writers Conference. Checks should be made to BRMAA with Barbara Groce on the memo line. The Art Center will know to direct the funds to benefit the Writer's Conference. The mailing address is 420 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, GA 30513.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 11:30 am at the Cherry Log Christian Church with Rev. David Griffin officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest registry at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.
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