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Fwd: Plant Delights Nursery Special Announcement
  • Subject: Fwd: Plant Delights Nursery Special Announcement
  • From: Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:46:44 -0600

for all of you who love PDN, some regretably sad news....

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Plant Delights Nursery <office@plantdelights.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 8:09 AM
Subject: Plant Delights Nursery Special Announcement
To: gardenqueen@gmail.com

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Delights Nursery Special Announcement  *Dear PDN'ers*:

It is with great sadness that I report my wife and Plant Delights Nursery
co-owner, Michelle Avent, 55, passed away after a brave four year battle
with a very aggressive form of metastatic breast cancer. Michelle was a
Raleigh native who attended Needham Broughton High School, followed by a
brief and chilly stint at Appalachian State University before enrolling in
NC State University. Michelle and I attended junior high together, but only
met and began dating in high school, marrying four years later on December
30, 1977...just in time to follow NCSU to the 1977 Peach Bowl in Atlanta
for our honeymoon.

Michelle and I were fortunate to work together for eleven years at our part
time job at the Mission Valley Cinema near NC State University. To support
our family further, Michelle dropped out of NC State to work full time,
first at the NCSU Genetics Lab, and later at the NCSU Student Supply Store.
Her career next led her to the Instrument Society of America, where she
remained until 1993, when she became the first full-time employee of our
fledgling mail order nursery, Plant Delights.

Michelle continued her college work by taking evening classes, finally
completing her Bachelors degree in communications from NCSU in 1996. The
late Dr. J.C. Raulston was so inspired by Michelles persistence that he
joined her in her final college class, the Study of Film History, and
subsequently presented her with a specially made original painting to
celebrate her achievement...just prior to his untimely death only a few
weeks later.

As newlyweds, we supplemented our regular jobs by cleaning out garages and
attics and selling these wares at the local flea market, along with plants
we raised in our small home greenhouse. Our venture evolved as we expanded
our growing operation into a neighbors small back lot and moved our plant
sales to our home driveway. Michelle wasnt a plant person and was
initially incredulous at the idea that people would buy plants through the
mail. Despite her reservations, she charged ahead with setting up our
business systems...between plant potting and watering. It was Michelles
knowledge of computers, office organizational system skills, and publishing
that was responsible for Plant Delights Nursery getting off to such a great
 Michelles big smile and engaging personality led her to instantly become
friends with most everyone she met, whether on our travels, supervising
employees, or working the cashier desk at our nursery Open House.

As a wife, Michelle was my soulmate, my sounding board, my best friend, and
the balance in a life where obsession could easily get out of hand. I and
the Plant Delights staff will continue Michelles dream, building on the
great foundation she left for us. On Michelles behalf, Id like to thank
each and everyone of you for your continued support of our venture and I
hope those of you who knew Michelle will treasure her memory through
conversations youve had with her as well as through the PDN plants in your

Michelle is survived by her husband, Tony, four brothers; W. Chris Morgan
of Raleigh and his wife Kay, J.P. (Jay) Morgan of Garner, twin brother Mike
E. Morgan of Missouri and Roger N. Morgan of Elizabeth City, NC; nieces
Amanda English and husband Matthew of Wallace, NC, Laura Morgan of Garner,
Carly and Kelly Morgan of Scottsdale, AZ, Hilary Morgan of Elizabeth City,
NC; nephews Daniel Morgan and wife Tina and daughter Mary Beth of Willow
Springs, Gregory and wife Angela of Wichita Falls, TX, and Kyle Morgan of
Scottsdale, AZ; cousin Karen Clevenger of Holly Springs; and four cats,
Ruby, Pearl, Zirconia, and Henry, all of the home. Michelle was preceeded
in death by her father, J.P. Morgan, mother Mary Jo Holder Morgan, and two
cats, Mystic and Diamond.

Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Mark Graham and the wonderful staff of Waverly
Hematology/Oncology for their great work treating Michelle. In lieu of
flowers, donations can be sent to The V-Foundation for Cancer Research, The
Susan B. Komen Foundation, Hospice of Wake County or the JC Raulston
Arboretum. I hope you will all join me in the effort to wipe out breast
cancer in our lifetime. Later this year, we will announce a cancer shirt
design to help fund the fight...more in a later newsletter.

Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, February 14, from 6-8pm at
Bryan Lee Funeral Home, 1200 Benson Road, Garner, NC 27529 (phone
919.772.8225). We hope you will post your comments and thoughts on our

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