Marquita H. Howard

Aug 27, 2014

1943 — 2014

CANTON — Marquita Henson Howard, 71, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late James Edward and Mary Smathers Henson. She was also preceded in death by a brother, James Donald Henson. Marquita retired with 38 years service from Servomation as a food service manager. She was an avid reader, loved making candy and cooking for her family. She was a volunteer for REACH and was a past recipient of REACH Volunteer of the Year.  Marquita was a member of First Baptist Church of Canton.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jimmie Hubert Howard; a daughter, Dr. Lynne Barrett, of Waynesville; a son, Michael David Howard, of Canton; a brother, Stephen Edward Henson, of Canton; four grandchildren, Stephany Smathers, Adam Simonds, Mikal Howard and Madison Howard; and three great-grandchildren, Noah and Adalyn Simonds and Grayson Christopher Boggie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Jay Meadows officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Community Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to REACH of Haywood County, P.O. Box 206, Waynesville, NC 28786.

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