Elizabeth Olivia Delgardo Michaels

February 9, 1950 - January 30, 2016
Elizabeth Olivia Delgardo Michaels

tmcfunding.comTMCfunding.comElizabeth Olivia Delgardo Michaels, age 65, of Wilmington passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

She was born February 9, 1950 in Reidsville, North Carolina the daughter of the late Thelma C. Delgardo and Charles Delgardo. She is preceded in death by her brother, C.J. Delgardo.

Olivia graduated from West Forsyth High School and furthered her education at the Business College of Atlanta, Georgia and Barber College in Winston Salem, NC.

Later she found a passion for writing books and poetry while working for the Business Life Magazine in Greensboro, North Carolina which later led to her publishing the book, The Mending Basket by Margaret Jensen. She became a published poet as well with poetry published by the National Library of Poetry where she also won second place as Poet of the Year at the Annual Poet’s Convention in Washington, DC . Following her dreams she became the creator and owner of Carolina Times Magazine which introduced readers to local business owners and local events.

Although she was an accomplished author and published poet, her family was first and foremost in her life. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, MiMi, sister and friend who will be deeply missed by all.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted husband of 38 years, Jimmy A. Michaels; daughter, Michelle Leigh Wallace and husband Chuck; son, Michael William Graves and fiancé Belinda Haynes; grandchildren, Cameron Michael Wallace, Olivia Leigh Wallace, Sarah Graves and Sammy Graves; sisters, Carol Delgardo, Cathy Delgardo and Patty Malone and husband Chuck and their family; and numerous other loving family and friends.
The family would like to thank Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their wonderful care during her illness, especially her nurse, “Tisha Helms”; her other caregivers, Lottie Suptin, Annette Wallace, Billie Eddy, Judy Carver, Cathy Wilson and the friends and family members that stopped by, called and kept her in their prayers; a special thanks to Brookfield Church of God and Pastor Jerry Andrews and wife Kelly.

A memorial service will be held at 7 PM Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Brookfield Church of God, 131 Elliot Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family requests that donations be made toward her care at www.tmcfunding.com

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  • February 02, 2016
    Michelle Wallace says:
    Momma this doesn't seem real that I am writing a post on here I feel like I am in a dream still!!!!! I love you so much you were such a wonderful mother and I know you are a beutiful Angel that will watch over me.... You will always be in my heart I love Youyour daughter Michelle Leigh

  • February 02, 2016
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  • February 02, 2016
    Shirley Harrell says:
    What a wonderful Friend you were. I will always Cherish the great memories we had together. I know without a doubt you are a Beautiful Angel. I will be keeping all of your Wonderful family in my prayers. May God comfort each of them through this difficult time. Rest in Peace My Good Friend...I will always Love You!!

  • February 02, 2016
    Ms Allison says:
    Sorry for your loss, the Bible shows a real hope of being reunited with your dead loved ones. John 5 : 28, 29 states the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear Jesus voice and come out to a resurrection. This is comforting to know that Jesus is certainly capable of restoring life to someone who has died. Hope this brings comfort to the family.

  • February 02, 2016
    Suzie Lude says:
    Your beautiful Mom was a treasure and certainly loved by all who were immeasurably blessed to know her. My heart goes out to you and your family Michelle, and I pray for much strength and peace in these coming days.