Plant Delight's Michelle Avent Dies
The specialty plant nursery's founder, Tony Avent, emailed the industry a moving tribute to his wife following her passing away on Feb. 11.
February 13, 2012
Plant Delights Nursery owner Tony Avent announced that his wife and Plant Delights Nursery co-owner, Michelle, 55, passed away after a four-year battle with an aggressive form of metastatic breast cancer.
Here is an excerpt from Avent's email:
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 neighbor’s small back lot and moved our plant sales to our home driveway. Michelle wasn’t 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 Michelle’s knowledge of computers, office organizational system skills, and publishing that was responsible for Plant Delights Nursery getting off to such a great start.
Michelle’s 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 soul mate, 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 Michelle’s dream, building on the great foundation she left for us. On Michelle’s behalf, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support of our venture and I hope those of you who knew Michelle will treasure her memory through conversations you’ve had with her as well as through the PDN plants in your garden.
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.
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.