Juanita Louise “Nita” MacLeod, 74, co-owner of Carnation Corner Florist and Gifts

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Juanita Louise MacLeod
Juanita Louise MacLeod

Juanita Louise “Nita” MacLeod, 74, of Southport, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, N.C.

Nita was born April 15, 1941, daughter of the late Alvin and Juanita Johnson Bemarkt. She began her career at Skinner and Cook Construction in New Jersey where she worked for 20 years, and then, for the remainder of her career, she was in management at Tar Heel Paper and Supply Company in Winston-Salem, N.C. Nita was also co-owner of Carnation Corner Florist and Gifts in Kernersville, N.C., with her husband, George. Preceding her in death were her parents; stepmother; and brother-in-law, Steve Jurechko.

Survivors include her husband of 38 years, George Henry MacLeod Jr., of Southport; stepsons, Stephen Hiatt, of Connecticut, and George Henry MacLeod III, of New Jersey; step-daughter, Rebecca Culver, of New Jersey; sisters, Barbara Orlandella, of Massachusetts, and Nancy Jurechko, of Florida; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nephews.

In 2012, Nita and her husband relocated to Southport, N.C., where she will be greatly missed by her Rivermist friends and neighbors.

In addition to her husband, George, Nita loved and enjoyed her favorite dog, Chrissie, playing cards, gardening, music, stamp collecting and living in Southport.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be made at Peacock, Newman & White Funeral and Cremation Service.