Ashvegas: outpouring of love for local activist Laurey Masterton

Ashvegas rounds up local appreciation appreciation, love and support for local activist and business owner Laurey Masterton, whose health is waning.

Laurey Masterton, the owner of a popular downtown cafe who has publicly battled cancer for years and is known for living her life by the catchphrase “Don’t postpone joy,” is facing declining health.

Masterton’s church announced that she has hospice care. Masterton’s page on Facebook is active with dozens of postings from people wishing her love and support.

Cancer has been an ever-present factor in 59-year-old Masterton’s life. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer more than 20 years ago. At age 12, she lost both her parents to cancer. She moved to Asheville with a degree in theater design and lighting, intent on creating classes for cancer survivors. But a love of food and cooking took hold, and Masterton opened her cafe in downtown Asheville in 1990. Today, Laurey’s is a popular stop on Biltmore Avenue.


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