Mary Lou Howell

Died: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017


Celebration of Life

7:00 PM Fri., Aug. 11, 2017
Location: Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church


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Mary Lou Howell, 74, of Newdale, NC, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 7, 2017 at Memorial Mission Hospital after a brief illness.  Born September 23, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Connie McKinney Hall of Spruce Pine, NC.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers: William, Jack, James and Sidney Hall and sister,  Margaret Hall Robinson.  

Mary Lou is survived by her loving husband of 54 years,  Larry, of Newdale; sons:  Jeff (Tracy) of Newdale and Brent (Lisa) of Ringgold, GA;  grandchildren, whom she adored:  Zach (Cori) of Cramerton, NC, Sam, US Army Ranger stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA, Maggie of Newdale and Brynlea of Ringgold; step-granddaughters:  Brooke and Courtney Caldwell of Ringgold; sisters: Kathleen Allen and Martha (Eddie) Williams of Spruce Pine; brothers:  Wayne (Wilma) of Spruce Pine and Harry (Jan) of Anderson, SC; sisters-in-law:  Carolyn (Joe) Sims, Evelyn, Virginia, Evelyn and Carlene Hall; brothers-in-law:  Bill Robinson and David (Mary Anne) Howell.  Several nieces and nephews and countless friends also survive.

Mary Lou was a kind, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.  She was a former employee of Yancey County Schools who touched the lives of many children.  She loved to laugh, and made others laugh as well.  She loved cooking, flowers, decorating and Tar Heel basketball.  Her bright smile and warm personality lit up whatever room she was in.  Making her family and friends happy made her happy.

A Celebration of Life will take place Friday, August 11, 2017 in the Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church at 7:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to  Blue Ridge Partnership for Children  PO Box 1387 Burnsville  NC  28714.

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Susan Buchanan
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017
Mary Lou had a smile and a laugh that could bring joy to anyone present. I would say that both her and Margaret (her sister) are having the time of their life. Your bright presence will be sorely missed, but we will see you again on the other side. Love and prayers to the Howell family!!! Tommy and Susan Buchanan

James and Judy Byrd
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017
To the Howell family, it means much to know you through the years, and we extend our sympathy in a special way. Mary Lou was a joy to know, and we are thankful for the joy that she brought to us. Know that you are being remembered now and in the days ahead. May you have added comfort, strength, and courage.

Charles and Norma Duncan
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017
Mary Lou was more like a sister than a friend. She made everyone around her feel special. She will be missed. Our love and prayers are with the family.

Joyce Ollis English
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017
Went to school with Mary and remember her persoality very well. She was a person that you never forgot once you knew no matter how the time lapsed since you had seen her. She was defentely a big cut up and a lovely person. So sorry for your loss, prayers for the family.

Joann-Ballard Riddle
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017
Loved Mary Lou .she was a special lady ..I never saw her when she wasn't smiling ...to her family : just know she was loved so much by a lot of people , praying for peace and comfort today and everyday as each day you will think of her ....May Father God give you many blessings .....

SUZANNE DAYTON
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017
THE HALL FAMILY IS SUCH A SPECIAL ONE. I LOVED GOING THERE TO SPEND THE NIGHT WHEN WE WERE IN SCHOOL. I HOPE EVERYONE KNOWS HOW MUCH FUN, LAUGHTER,FOOD,PRANKS, AND JOY WAS SHARED WITH THIS FAMILY OVER THE YEARS. MARY LOU WAS ALWAYS THE RING LEADER, I THOUGHT, BUT SHE JUST GOT THINGS STARTED AND EVERYONE ELSE JOINED IN. SHE WAS ALWAYS LIGHTING UP THE ROOM NO MATTER WHERE SHE WAS. LARRY AND THE FAMILY YOU HAVE SO MANY MEMORIES TO CHERISH AND ALL THE GOOD TIMES TO
REMEMBER. THAT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO HOLD ON TO. WHEN THE REST GET TO HEAVEN WHAT A REUNION THAT WILL BE. KEEPING YOU IN PRAYER SUZANNE

Phillip and Tammy Simmons
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017
Our prayers are with your family!

Thanna and.Jerry Davis
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017
Mary Lo u was one in a million! We will miss her and will never forget her. May all members of her family be wrapped in the arms of.the Lord and be comforted and be given peace, especially, Larry.
Sincerely,
Jerry and Thanna

Mark & Wanda Young
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017
Our deepest sympathies are with you Larry and your family. Wanda and I have happy memories of laughing with Mary Lou during Jack and Sam's ball games. A special lady! We will be praying for all of you during this difficult time.

Eric, Teresa Young & family
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
Mary Lou brought joy to life! She will be missed greatly! Love & prayers for God's strength and peace for all of the family. Psalm 29:11

Kate Buchanan Keller
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
To all of my dear friends family my condolences to each one of you. We were the best of friends and visited each other often until I moved to Charlotte. She was with me the day I got married 54 years ago. Oh how I wish I could have seen her just one more time to talk over old times. Loved her mom and dad and her siblings. I will be in prayer for each one of you. Heaven has sure gained a very special angel.

Janice E. Buchanan
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
Larry and Family, I am so, so sorry. God bless you and your little family.

Charles & Melba Randolph
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
Mary Lou was a very special person. She brought joy and laughter wherever she went. we have so many good memories of your family, the Carroways and us, we had some good times. She and Brenda are rejoicing together now. Much love to each of you and we will miss her now but will be with her again.

BARBARA BRANCH
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
TO THE FAMILY OF MARYLOU: SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVE ONE. I KNOW SHE WILL BE TRUELY MISSED BY EVERYONE BUT, GOD SEEN FIT THAT HE NEEDED ANOTHER ANGEL IN HEAVEN WITH HIM, ONE DAY SOON YOU WILL SEE HER. IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT I CAN DO PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO LET ME KNOW. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. I WILL KEEP YOU ALL IN MY PRAYERS.

Mary Parsley Carswell
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
My condolences to the Howell family. Mary Lou was such a fine person and always had a smile. My prayers are with you for God's comfort.

Belinda Woody
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
I am very sorry for your loss. Mary Lou was always smiling and so friendly to all. She and my mother, Betty Robinson, always had fun together when they worked together at Micaville School. I hope they are enjoying a funny story together now in heaven. I know you will miss her so much.

Charles and Pam Donnahoo
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
Mary Lou Howell was a special and kind lady. I know she will be missed by all who knew her. May God take her hand as you go through this and comfort your family.g

Bill & Betty Lou Young
   Posted Fri August 11, 2017
Remembering Mary Lou and all the fun times with her at ballgames and school events. The joy and happiness she bestowed on everyone will be one of her rewards in heaven. God bless the family.

winston hefner
   Posted Fri August 11, 2017
So sorry for your loss Larry, Jeff, Brent and grandchildren, she was a wonderful lady, someone you could talk to for hours and not realize it. She loved her grandchildren,and life, had the pleasure of growing up with her, and considered her part of my family. She will be missed, by many, but her memories will always be with us.My prayers will be with you in the days ahead, and God will console your hearts during this period of your life...

Bill and Brenda Boone
   Posted Sat August 12, 2017
Dear Larry and family,
My God bless you and give you comfort. You know what dear friends you and Mary Lou have been over the years and all the fun we had. Will always cherish memories.
Our Love
Bill and Brenda

Dennis Sims
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
Dear Larry, Jeff, and Brent,
Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your much loved and sweetest souls that I have known. May God give you comfort and peace that comes with time. Mary Lou will be missed and always fondly remembered.
Dennis and Donna Sims

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