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Myrna Howerton Micol

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 30, 2011 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Myrna Howerton Micol, age 73 of Durham, NC went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday morning, August 30, after a courageous battle with cancer. She died peacefully at her residence surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Micol was born on April 8, 1938 in Hillsborough, NC to Mather Spencer Howerton and Lillian Wheeley Howerton. She was the 9th child of eleven children. She was preceded in death by her father, Mather Howerton; mother, Lillian Howerton; three sisters: Lillan Tyson, Carol Basile, and Doris Sykes; three brothers: James Howerton, Steve Howerton and Fred Howerton; and a grandson, Nicolas Micol.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Giovanni Mike Micol; daughter, Kim Tucker of Lexington, NC; sons, John Micol and wife Lisa of Durham, NC, David Micol and wife Joyce of Adamstown, Maryland; Mark Micol and wife Lynn of Durham, NC; mother in law, Sadie Micol and a close family friend of 45 years, Jean McClain.

Mrs. Micol’s love for life was enhanced by her eleven grandchildren; Jon Tucker, Spencer and Kaitlyn Micol, Rachel, Kevin, Sarah and Will Micol, Alex and Cori Aldinger and Ben and Sam Micol.

She is survived by two brothers, Thomas Howerton and Richard Howerton and wife Faye of Durham, NC; sisters, Nancy Dixon of Durham, NC and Lynda Kellis and husband Jerry of Cary, NC. She is survived by a host of loving and caring nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Micol graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1955 and married the love of her life, Giovanni Micol on June 5th of that same year.

She performed on television during it’s infancy and was the featured singer know by the local viewers as the ” Sweetheart of the Saturday Night Jamboree” with Woody Marshburn and The Wanderers of the Wasteland, which aired from 1951 to 1956 on WFMY Television Channel 2 in Greensboro, NC.

Myrna began her family in 1956 and was later employed by Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1959. She found her job to be very rewarding and always enjoyed helping the many customers find “just the right outfit”. Her specialty though was assisting gentlemen who were looking for that “special gift” for their wife. On a few occassions she even persuaded the men to purchase a fur coat, which, of course, they had not intended to buy, making many ladies in Durham very happy. When she finally retired in 1993, after 34 years, she was managing fourteen departments in the apparel and fine jewelry areas.

In her earlier years Myrna was very active and enjoyed playing tennis, golf and fishing with her grandchildren and brothers. She loved flowers and enjoyed flower gardening. She also enjoyed challenging her children and grandchildren to WII, Scrabble, Yachtzee and other board games.

Her home always reflected love of the holiday seasons and celebrations with family members. Myrna was the perfect host. Guests were always welcome in her home and never left hungry. Family vacations were always enjoyed in the NC mountains where they would fish, hike, cook and play lots of games.

Myrna will be remembered as a giving person, dear friend, loving and dedicated wife, mother with a big heart and gentle spirit, grandmother full of fun and laughter, caring and loving aunt and a sister with a heart that made you feel like you were #1 and very special. She will be missed by everyone who knew her and loved her.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Duke Home Care & Hospice along with Aegis Home Care for the extraordinary care, comfort and respect they provided for Myrna and the family during her journey home.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Myrna’s life 11:00 AM Friday, September 2, 2011at McMannen United Methodist Church, 4102 Neal Road in Durham, NC 27705. One hour prior to the memorial service, the family will receive friends in the church. Immediately following the memorial service, a reception will be held in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to McMannen United Methodist Church Building Fund at 4102 Neal Road in Durham, NC 27705 or Duke Home Care & Hospice at 4321 Medical Park Drive – Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.

The Micol family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences www.hallwynne.com, Select Obituaries.

Condolences for the family of “Myrna Howerton Micol”

Condolence from Bradley G. Howerton on August 30th, 2011 12:00 am

Myrna will once again be enjoying my dads, Steven Mather Howerton, singing when he greets her at the gate. I have fond memories of Myrna and my relitives in NC. My thoughts and prayers are with all my family in NC.

Condolence from Michael Allison on August 31st, 2011 12:00 am

I remember a beautiful, vivacious, wonderful person full of love and life, with a voice like an angel and a smile to brighten up even the biggest room. An earthly angel who treated everyone with love and respect. With joy in the time you had together, and much sadness that time has ended. The heavenly chorus has another strong and beautiful voice, and heaven has another angel.

Condolence from Betty Borland on August 31st, 2011 12:00 am

John and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Nothing is like the love a mother shows us. You will all be in my thoughts and Prayers. May God’s hand be upon you and know that your mom is now your Angel.

Condolence from Phyllis and Bruce Richmond on August 31st, 2011 12:00 am

Myrna was a friend to everyone. I don’t ever remember not knowing her, but about 8th grade was when we became friends, probably in the youth group at First Baptist. We sat next to each other in one of Mr. Mac’s math classes and did a lot of talking. However, it was the years that we played basketball together that we knew each other the best. Our team always enjoyed Myrna’s fame when we played away games and her TV fans lined up to get her autograph! Myrna was definitely one of a kind!

Condolence from Sandy Young on August 31st, 2011 12:00 am

I am so sorry about Mrs. Micol. I pray that God will give you peace and confort in the days and weeks ahead. God bless you all!
Sandy Young

Condolence from Judy Hicks Mauck on August 31st, 2011 12:00 am

Dear John and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Judy Hicks Mauck

Condolence from Geraldine Zetterberg on August 31st, 2011 12:00 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God be with each of you during this time of grief. I truly enjoyed knowing Myrna – what a wonderful lady! She will be missed by everyone.

Condolence from Stacy Ratner on August 31st, 2011 12:00 am

The Micol Family,
May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and the days ahead.
Peace, prayers and blessings.

Stacy Ratner

Condolence from Judi Garri on September 1st, 2011 12:00 am

To all of the family of my Aunt Myrna. I am so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful loving person. When my dad “Steven Mather” and I, along with my son visited NC she helped make us feel so welcomed and comfortable. I enjoyed the time I spent with her. The stories she told me about my dad were so funny and she loved to show me pictures. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to get to know and love her. I am comforted to think that she and my dad are dancing together in heaven. With all my Love to you, Judi

Condolence from Susan H. Kretschmar on September 1st, 2011 12:00 am

I take comfort in knowing that Myrna is no longer in pain and being with family that has gone on before her. I also know that she is singing with my Dad Jamesand her brothers and sisters. I will always have such loving memories of her. She was blessed to have a loving family to take care of her, she will be missed.

Condolence from Mary Bongiorni on September 1st, 2011 12:00 am

I was sorry to read in the paper of the death of your mother-in-law. She sounded like a wonderful mother and grandmother. I will be thinking of your family this Friday when you celebrate her rich life.

Condolence from Missy Davis on September 1st, 2011 12:00 am

Dear Mark, Lynn and family,
God bless you and be with you. Thinking of you at this time.

Condolence from Kern Michal on September 1st, 2011 12:00 am

Your mother was such a special lady, with a smile that lit up the room. You are all on my heart and in my prayers.

Condolence from Regina Dean Bridgman on September 1st, 2011 12:00 am

Dear Mr. Micol, John, Kim, David and Mark,

Many years have passed since I last hugged Mrs. Micol, but her warmth and care – and wonderful smile and laughter! – will always live in my heart. She is one of the parents who I loved growing up – I always had such respect for Mr. and Mrs. Micol, for having children who had integrity and were respectful of others. And a Gorgeous set of kids, they were!:
My prayers are with you and yours. For although she has now been welcomed home by her loving Savior face to face, and is rejoicing with her Father and King, angels, and saints in heaven, her loved ones on earth do and will miss her.
So until the day we are all reunited with her,
May God’s grace, peace and joy shine upon you.
Regina Dean

Condolence from Buck Dickerson on September 1st, 2011 12:00 am

All of my staff from Honey’s and I want you to know that we are so very sorry for your lost. You and your family will be in our prayers. I will be in touch to see when a good time will be to bring some food. Please call on me at any time! 919-880-8634. Sincere Regards,
Buck Dickerson from Honey’s

Condolence from Judy Nordan Hogan on September 4th, 2011 12:00 am

I remember Myra as a little girl singing on TV. I thought she was beautiful and so kind. May God bless her family and be thankful that He gave her to be a blessing to all.

Condolence from Gil Jacobs on September 2nd, 2011 12:00 am

Mark and Family-

Condolences from all the people at Sears, Robin and myself. It looks as if your mother had a wonderful life and has a terrific family. I hope today is a day of celebration of her life. Please know that all of our prayers are with you all today. –Gil Jacobs.

Condolence from Gary Barlow on September 2nd, 2011 12:00 am

John,your mother was always kind to usfootball boys when we visted your home during our high school years.I know that she was very proud of you. I am sorry for your loss.Please tell your father I said,hello. Sincerely, Gary

Condolence from Jeanne W Jacobs on September 2nd, 2011 12:00 am

John, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers. She was a lovely lady. Your mother and father were always so sweet and friendly. It was always a pleasure when your dad came by the glass shop. Tell him
I said hello and he is in my prayers also. God bless. You will be with her again.

Condolence from Linda W. Kimball on September 6th, 2011 12:00 am

I was so sorry to hear the news of your loss. My heart felt sympathy and condolences to the loving and caring family of Myrna. I worked with Myrna at Sears and always admired her work ethics, cheerful smiles, and her determination to do her job and get the job done. Myrna loved her family and enjoyed each day she had; though they were not all easy with her health and medical issues. A very loving and kind spirit that rest now in heaven and in peace. God Bless. Linda Wooten Kimball

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