Carol Duvall Obituary, Death –HGTV’s “Queen of Crafts” and a precursor to Martha Stewart, who was 97 years old when she passed away on Monday in Traverse City, Michigan. For over fifty years, Duvall was a TV regular that people looked up to like an old friend. As she showed others how to do everything from scrapbooking to jewelry making, her cheerful demeanor and easygoing sense of humor became instantly recognizable.
From her early days in Grand Rapids and the Detroit television market to her national recognition with HGTV’s “The Carol Duvall Show,” which aired from 1993 until 2005, Duvall’s career spanned decades. Carol Duvall, a renowned expert in the field of crafting and a popular TV host, passed away on July 31, 2023, at the age of 97. According to the Traverse City Record-Eagle, Duvall was born in Milwaukee in 1926 but relocated to Grand Rapids when she was 11 years old.
After graduating from Michigan State University, she auditioned for a position at the fledgling WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids in 1951 and eventually became the host of a children’s show. A 2017 feature of Duvall in the Record-Eagle stated that back in the day, “she ‘kept house’ for her husband, widowed father, invalid uncle, teenage brother, and two younger children.” Duvall stated, “I was always interested in theater,” during the interview, as an explanation for her desire to act on television. It felt like I was performing on stage.
It’s enjoyable to spend time doing activities that interest you. Duvall started working at WWJ-TV (now WDIV-TV, Local 4) in Detroit back in 1962. She worked in the Detroit area for about 20 years, first as an anchor, then as a producer, and finally as the famed host of a craft program.