SWANNANOA – Harriet Gatchell McKenna, age 83, of Swannanoa, went home to be with her Lord, Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
Mrs. McKenna was born December 28, 1934 in Massillon, Ohio and was a resident of Buncombe County for the past 35 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Weaverville. She was retired and enjoyed crocheting; and was accomplished in swedish weaving and huck embroidery. These items were precious to her and she enjoyed giving them to family and friends. Her parents, Scott K. and Hazel R. Sidaway Gatchell, preceded her in death as well as her sisters, Ann and Roberta; and brother, Kenneth.
Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Howard M. McKenna; daughters, Patricia Purcell and husband Bill, Roberta Jamison; son, Gary McKenna and wife Kathy; eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
West Funeral Home is assisting the family.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mrs. McKenna’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
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Robbi & family, I just found out about Harriet's and Howard's "graduation" to Heaven. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I'm sure there's quite the family reunion going on in Heaven right now! May the Lord comfort you all in this time and the days ahead. You are in my prayers. Jodi Sarver (Linda's daughter/Ross' granddaughter)
Submitted by Jodi Sarver on Feb 12 2018 09:35:41 PM
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Jodi Sarver lit a candle on Feb 12 2018 09:34:45 PM
Patty, Gary, and Robbie: My heart goes out to you all on the loss of your mother from your lives. We've been in each other's lives since we were wee kids and so I have many memories of both parents. I was there when they visited Mom after Dad died in January of 1994. May our Creator bring you peace and surround you with love through friends and family. You will remain in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. In and thru His love, Joe & Sue Woodford Gibson
Submitted by Suzanne Gibson on Feb 7 2018 02:32:00 PM
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Sheila Sluder lit a candle on Feb 4 2018 09:58:15 PM
I worked with Harriet at Early voting (Fairview) She certainly was a wonderful Lady . I sure enjoyed being around Harriet she had such a wonderful outlook on Life .
So sorry for your loss.
Submitted by Doris Lytle on Feb 4 2018 04:05:13 PM
What a dear sweet lady who I loved dearly. We worked together many years at God's World Publications and shared many lunch hours. My thoughts are with you, Howard, and other members of your family.
Submitted by June McGraw on Feb 2 2018 08:30:36 AM
Dear Howard and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Betty Smith
Submitted by Jim Smith on Feb 1 2018 01:34:43 PM
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