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“I will never forget the times we shared while working together at Chi Chi's Mexican Restaurant. Michelle would walk in a room and light it up with...Read More »
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“There is no chance encounter or accidental meeting. God blessed me with the honor of meeting Mrs Michelle and spending such special time with her at...Read More »
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“With Sympathy. Words can't wipe away your tears. Hugs won't ease your pain. But hold on to your memories. Forever they'll remain. Ida Watson &...Read More »
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“We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Michelle. The Family is in our prayers. Hold on to your memories. God's Blessings! ”
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“I loved you from the first day I met you. We had our times that we would butt heads, but that was to be expected with the strong-willed women we were...Read More »
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6 of 6 | Posted by: Pastor Bob O'Neal - Zebulon, NC

Michelle Carol Mayo, beloved daughter of Ann Mayo, was
welcomed into the world on November 28, 1968. She was called home
on Wednesday February 7, 2018. Michelle was 49 years old and the
namesake of her favorite aunt, Carolyn J. Barnwell of Fayetteville, NC.
Michelle was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She grew up next door to
her childhood sweetheart and future husband, Kenny Montgomery.
Michelle was known for her keen sense of humor, practical
jokes, red lipstick, and love of family. Michelle was known for bringing
home strays, be it animals or people, from an early age. Michelle had a
heart big enough to hold everyone, and her pride and joy was her family.
Michelle loved family dinners and lived by the philosophy that there was
always room for one more person at the table.
Michelle always told you what she thought, whether you wanted
to hear it or not. Michelle could make you laugh about anything. Truly
her mother's daughter, Michelle earned the nickname of "Mama" by
collecting children wherever she went. She would be the first to counsel
you on financial responsibility and where the best bargains could be
found. A better and truer friend you could not find.
In 2007, Michelle's niece, Tasha ran into Kenny at a family
function and obtained his phone number for her aunt. Michelle decided
that her childhood sweetheart needed to learn how to use text messaging,
and then she decided that he was going to marry her. The couple
married in 2009, to the surprise of absolutely no one. Her daughter and
best friend, Denise, stood by her side. Michelle would be the first to tell
you that was the happiest day of her life, and that she waited her whole
life to marry a man as good as Kenny.
The children who played house together on Swain Street and ran
through the creek at Chavis Park created a beautiful life together, loving
one another fiercely. In the summer of 2016, Kenny, proving once again
that there was nothing he would not do for his beloved, made Michelle's
d r e am o f a h o u s e i n t h e c o u n t r y h a p p e n .

Memorial Service
Wednesday, February 14
2:30 PM
New Generation Christian Church
4423 Wilson Mill Rd
Smithfield, NC 27577

Funeral Home
Sanders Funeral Home
806 E Market St Smithfield, NC 27577
Tel. (919) 934-8416
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