Asheville, NC — Alma Lena Netherton Lambert passed away peacefully at Mission Hospital on Sunday, January 23, 2022, after a long battle with Cancer. Alma was born on October 26, 1949, to the late Theodore Glenn Netherton and Helen Earline (Campfield) Warlick.
Alma was a loving wife to her husband, Larry Brent Allison.
In addition to her husband, Alma will be greatly missed by her three stepsons, Brent Allison (Christen), Christopher Allison, Ben Allison (Joni), and two granddaughters: Caroline Allison and Sarah Margaret Allison. She is also survived by Ted Netherton (Wanda), her brother; Sandy Fowler (Joe), her sister-in-law; Robert Allison (Kathy), her brother-in-law; and extended family members and friends.
Alma joined the Kimberly-Clark Manufacturing Plant in Mountain Home, NC in 1968, working on the production line and then as the Administrative Assistant to various plant managers for more than 47 years. Those who worked there will tell you that plant managers would come and go, but that Alma ran the place.
Alma was a life-long crafter. There was not much that she could not create with her hands: painting, pottery, basket weaving, beading jewellery, and chainmail to name a few. Renowned in the South for her mastery of weaving baskets which she began in 1987. She taught all levels of basket weaving at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Brevard College, Greenville Hospital Craft Program, Arrowmont Craft School, and the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts. Alma served on the NCBA Board as editor of The Readers’ Report for fourteen years. She was a past president of the Blue Ridge Basketmakers and North Carolina Basketmakers’ Association, which had over one thousand members. Her greatest pleasure was sharing her knowledge of basketry.
Alma enjoyed volunteering her time with Saint Matthews Anglican Church. She was an active member of the choir and the food committee. She also served as the treasurer of the St. Michaels and All Souls Anglican Church. Alma was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Alma loved to share her love of travel with her husband, Larry, going to far off places but their favorite “get-away” was Hilton Head Island.
Many who knew Alma will remember her with a smile on their face and remembrance of homemade salsa, greasy back beans, cranberry dressing, and her famous butterfingers.
A visitation will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Hendersonville, NC on Sunday, January 30, 2022, from 4 to 6 PM. A funeral service will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Hendersonville, NC on Monday, January 31, 2022, at 11 AM with the interment to follow at Oak Forest Cemetery in Etowah, NC.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Alma’s name to Saint Matthews Anglican Church, 812 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville, North Carolina 28787, St. Michael & All Angels Anglican Church, 2270 Hendersonville Road, Suite 5, Arden, NC 28704, or the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, 230 Lapidary Ln, Young Harris, GA 30582.