Gracie M. Worley

Mar 15, 2014

A beloved lady

CANTON — On Thursday, March 13, 2014, we lost our beloved Gracie Miller Worley, 95, of the Beaverdam Community. A lady who had devoted her life to caring for others.

Mrs. Worley was a native of Buncombe County and had resided most of her life in Haywood County. She was the daughter of the late Steve Miller and the late Bessie Sisson Miller. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James M. Worley; her sisters, Inez Pressley and Jane Robinson; her brother, Bobby Miller and her grandson, James Roberts.

Mrs. Worley was a graduate of St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Asheville, where she received her licensed practical degree. She was employed by St. Joseph’s Hospital and later was employed by Dr. Koon in Asheville. Also, in the early 1950’s, she began the first children’s day nursery in Canton, which was located on Newfound Street. Because of Gracie’s devoted love and concern for the care of the elderly, she was one of the first licensed practical nurses, which were hired to open the Canton Nursing Home. While employed there, she made each day a little brighter and gave her healing touch and loving kindness to those who needed her. Mrs. Worley was a talented artist and began painting at the age of 62. She was an avid deer hunter, actively hunting until the age of 80 and will also be remembered as a talented seamstress. Gracie was also a wonderful cook! Her delicious chicken and dumplings and apple fried pies were favorites of everyone. She grew a bountiful vegetable garden on only a small garden space, and always canned and shared her vegetables with friends and family. On her 80th birthday, Gracie retired from her nursing career, but truly this was her life’s calling, and it never ever left her heart. The children and grandchildren of Gracie Miller Worley are who they are today because of her love and guidance. Each of us who loved her are indeed better people today because of Gracie Miller Worley’s daily example of giving and also caring for others.

Gracie’s faith was an important part of her life. She was a devoted member of Beaverdam Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, and was honored to be recognized as being the oldest member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.

She is survived by four children, Leroy Worley and his wife, Patricia Worley, Tommy Worley and his wife, Shirley Worley, Edith Roberts and Nancy McKeel and her husband, Chuck McKeel, all of Canton; Gracie’s twin sister, Macie Robinson and also a sister, Margaret Broom both of Henderson County; her brother, Harley Miller and his wife, Mary Evelyn Miller of Canton; 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Beaverdam Baptist Church. The Rev. Gene Worley will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service.

Memorials may be made to Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery Maintenance Fund, 2524 Beaverdam Road, Canton, NC 28716 or to Medwest Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Worley Family and words of comfort may be shared at