Mary-Low (Fahrenwald) Acuff, 85, of Asheville, N.C., passed away Feb. 4, surrounded by her beloved husband of 64 years, Earl C. Acuff and her family.

She was born July 9, 1919, in Rapid City, S.D., and raised in Moscow, Idaho. She attended the University of Idaho, graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Education in 1941. She was president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, class officer, mortar board, and president of the Women's Athletic Association. She was also a lifelong member of P.E.O. and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Mary-Low was always an avid athlete and accomplished in many sports including golf, tennis, skiing, and swimming. In her 60s, she took up the sport of racquetball and played at a competitive level until her death. She won more than 45 national and world titles and is a member of the following: University of Idaho Sports Hall of Fame, United States Racquetball Hall of Fame, International Racquetball Hall of Fame, Western North Carolina Hall of Fame, and the North Carolina Racquetball Association Hall of Fame.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur William and Lola Grace Fahrenwald, and her youngest son, William Dean Acuff. She is survived by her loving husband Earl C. Acuff and her brother Richard Fahrenwald and wife Eleanor of Kailua, Hawaii. She is also survived by her seven children, son Thomas Acuff and his wife Jan, daughter Mary Ann and her husband Dan Bowling, daughter Ardis and her husband Michael Schaas, son Rodney and his fiancee Bobbie Hanby, daughter Janice Acuff, daughter Teresa and her husband John McMahon, and daughter Dawn and her husband Lawrence Connor. In addition Mary-Low will be missed by her many grandchildren, Nathan and William Preston, Michael, Kristin, Katy, and Alex Acuff, Russell and Evan Bowling, Lindsey Acuff, Kerry Low and Kim Beckman, and Callum Connor. She also will be missed by her kind neighbors and many dear racquetball friends.

Besides her many athletic accomplishments, Mary-Low was a talented seamstress, quilter, knitter and gourmet cook. She epitomized a "can-do" attitude and a true sense of adventure. Mary-Low loved a sunny day and a good pair of Birkenstocks. Her legacy to the many lives she touched will be her exemplary devotion to Earl, her children and friends and her thoughtfulness, kindhearted spirit and generosity to all.

Services were held Monday, Feb. 7, at Groce United Methodist Church. Rev. Sallie Ann McVay officiated. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Candler, N.C. Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Candler is in charge of arrangements.

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