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Canton - Marquita Henson Howard, age 71, passed away on Monday, August 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 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Reverend Jay Meadows officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to REACH of Haywood County, P.O. Box 206, Waynesville, NC 28786.
Wells Funeral Homes
296 West Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Aug. 28, 2014