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Re: Fwd: Plant Delights Nursery Special Announcement
  • Subject: Re: Fwd: Plant Delights Nursery Special Announcement
  • From: Patricia Dickson <pdickson53@gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:54:49 -0700

Thank you Pam for sharing! When he spoke to our Hort group in OKC I
could tell they had a wonderful relationship! He appreciated her belief
in him and backed him when it must have been scary to do so.

This is a beautiful testament to his commitment to her too. Their lives
sounded so intertwined ... Not 2 people that had big careers and met at

What a gift to each other!

sent from my i-phone 
 Patricia Dickson

On Feb 13, 2012, at 5:46 PM, Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> **
>     Click
> here<http://app.streamsend.com/private/kYKQ/XB8/1d6NJha/browse/15615705>to
> view this email online                    Plant
> 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
> start.
> **
> 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
> garden.
> 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
> Facebook
> page<http://app.streamsend.com/c/15615705/2023/1d6NJha/kYKQ?redirect_to=http%
> 3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FPlantDelightsNursery%3Futm_source%3Dstreamsend%26u
> tm_medium%3Demail%26utm_content%3D15615705%26utm_campaign%3DPlant%2520Delight
> s%2520Nursery%2520Special%2520Announcement>
> .
> *-tony *            Click
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> to
> unsubscribe your email address from this list.
> Click
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> send this email to a friend.
> Plant Delights Nursery
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> m_medium%3Demail%26utm_content%3D15615705%26utm_campaign%3DPlant%2520Delights
> %2520Nursery%2520Special%2520Announcement>
> office@plantdelights.com
> 9241 Sauls Road, Raleigh, NC 27603 Ph 919-772-4794 Fax 919-662-0370
> --
> Pam Evans
> Kemp TX
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