HGTV Host Carol Duvall Dies at 97

The Michigan crafting expert and longtime TV personality died in Traverse City on Monday.
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Photograph from The Carol Duvall Show (1994), Discovery Inc.

Carol-Jean Duvall of Traverse City died at age 97 on July 31, 2023, at the senior living complex, Cordia. The former HGTV host of the self-titled The Carol Duvall Show shared crafting talents and “how-to” tutorials with the public for decades. 

Before hosting on HGTV, Duvall took part in multiple shows and broadcasts. In 1951, she hosted a kids’ craft show in Grand Rapids. She then went on to work as the craft personality for Home Show, which was later picked up by ABC. 

After years in the television industry as a crafting personality, it was time for her to have all the creative liberty and production elements to herself on her own show. The Carol Duvall Show first aired with HGTV at the end of 1994 as one of the network’s original components. It was later adopted by the DIY Network where it ran for a few more years. 

Running daily from 1994-2005, the arts and crafts show welcomed audiences of all ages and featured “how-to” crafting, scrapbooking, jewelry making, stamps, ribbons, picture frames, decorative boxes, simple sewing, and many paper creations. Duvall brought a cheery attitude to the wholesome activity of making handmade crafts and gifts. 

The multi-season show remained popular throughout its decade-long run. In her time as a host, Duvall not only educated thousands of viewers on crafting at all levels, but also introduced artists to the public and helped them receive attention.

Videos of Duvall’s crafting ideas and tutorials exist in video form, on shareable apps like Pinterest, and in book form for school art classes, activities with family and friends, or rainy day crafting. 

Duvall will be remembered for her warm nature as a television personality and passionate crafter. Friends and fans are welcome to share a memory about Duball or send flowers to her family through Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home & Cremation Services at reynolds-jonkhoff.com


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