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.