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Originally published: 2013-03-18 15:27:35
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Nola Jean Gragg Couts

Nola Jean Gragg Couts, 76, a beautiful free spirit, loving wife, mother and grandmother, transitioned from her earthly body to eternal life in the early morning hours of March 14, 2013.

She lived life with curiosity and wonder, and her love was without boundaries. Nola Jean was born in Blowing Rock on Feb. 11, 1937, to William Thurman and Lydia Coffey Gragg. She graduated from Blowing Rock High School and Clevenger Business College in Hickory.

Nola Jean's accomplishments were endless. She was a writer for The Sarasota Tribune and the Lenoir News Topic, a small business owner of Dee Nola's Boutique and Sandy Lane Salon, a store manager for the Charles Shop, and she retired from Sears Call Center in Greensboro, as a Customer Service Supervisor.

Nola Jean enjoyed giving back to her community and was very active in public service throughout her life. She was an active leader of several Girl Scout troops and past president of the Lenoir Junior Woman's Club. A member of the Guilford County Rock and Mineral Club, Nola loved crystals and gemstones, and could identify them and their properties. She enjoyed traveling, camping, hiking, painting and jewelry making. She also loved music, dancing and spending time in nature. Nola Jean's zest for life and living, will be missed but not forgotten.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Harold and Jack Gragg.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald (Jerry) Couts; her daughter, Dolores Smith Laney and husband, Walker, of Cheraw, S.C.; daughter, Dory Smith and partner, Chris Barker, of Florida; son, David Allen Smith of North Carolina; stepdaughter, Karen Couts Maske and husband, Darren, of Carey; and stepson, Greg Couts and wife, Maria, of Charlotte; grandchildren, David and Jack Smith, Emily and Ben Maske, and Joel and Jessica Couts, and Jeremy Barker; brothers, Dean Gragg and wife, Helen, of Biloxi Mass., Dayton Gragg and wife, Sue, and Richard Gragg of Blowing Rock; and sister, Penny Gragg Catterton and husband, Greg, of Glade Valley; and sister-in-law, Shirley Gragg of Sawmills; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held 1 p.m. March 23, 2013, with a celebration reception for family and friends, followed by a tribute to her life at 2 pm.

Forbes and Dick Funeral Home Guilford Chapel, located on West Friendly Avenue in Greensboro, is assisting the Couts family and online condolences can be made at

Memorial contributions should be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro,

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