Linda Best Clontz

Apr 29, 2013

In Loving Memory

ASHEVILLE — Linda Best Clontz, 67, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center.

Ms. Clontz was born Sept. 6, 1945, the only child to the late Stacie Riddle Best, of Madison County, and the late Captain John Best, of Haywood County.

A lifelong Asheville native, she graduated from Lee Edwards High School in 1963. She was married to Robert J. Clontz, of Canton, from 1965 – 1990. She attended Western Carolina University and worked for the Buncombe County Library System before working for the North Carolina Department of Corrections where she served over 20 years as a Community Service Coordinator until her retirement in 2009.

Ms. Clontz was actively involved with the Democratic Party of Western North Carolina and served as Secretary of the Democratic Women’s Association. She was an active member of the Augustine Washington II Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists serving as both a local chapter officer and a State Chaplin. She volunteered at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center on a weekly basis and occasionally at the Asheville Community Theatre.

Ms. Clontz loved to travel the world and explore new places. One of her favorite locations was Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. She also loved to spend time outdoors around Asheville hiking trails at the North Carolina Arboretum and Biltmore Estate with her beagle, Duke. She has been a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Haw Creek for over 40 years.

Christmas really was the most wonderful time of the year at Ms. Clontz’s house, as she was very gifted in the art of decorating the house and trees for the holiday. When visitors came they knew to always come to the kitchen door, never the front door.

Ms. Clontz is survived by her daughter, Sara Monson, and husband, Gene, of Haywood County; son John Clontz, and wife, Cheryl; granddaughters, Cameron and Shelby, of Powder Springs, Georgia; and numerous dear and close friends.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 2,  at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Haw Creek. Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton, is honored to be caring for Ms. Clontz’s family. Words of comfort may be shared at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC, 28803, 828-277-4800, or to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Road, Asheville, NC, 28805, 828-298-3553.