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Eunice LaVonne May Howard

Jun 10, 2008

ESTHERVILLE — Funeral services for Eunice LaVonne May (Gray) Howard, 81, of Estherville will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 11, at First Christian Church in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton officiating. Interment will be held at East Side Memorial Cemetery. She died Friday, June 6, 2008, in Estherville.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, at Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville.

Eunice LaVonne May (Gray) Howard, the daughter of Frederick and Ruie (Hunt) Gray, was born Feb. 11, 1927.

Eunice graduated from Moorhead High School in Moorhead, Iowa. On Sept. 7, 1947, Eunice was united in marriage to Donald Harvey Howard in Estherville. The couple farmed near Estherville until their retirement in 1984. They were members of the Gruver Presbyterian Church for 52 years until it closed then attended First Christian Church in Estherville.

Eunice devoted her life to caring for her five children and running a busy home. Eunice enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, writing stories, going for long walks, bird-watching, and collecting chicken figurines. She also enjoyed volunteering her time with the Emmet County 4-H program, and was a member of the Farm Bureau, Royal Neighbors of America, Ryan Lake Club, Gruver UPW, the Emmet County Cattlemen’s Association Cow Belles, East Riverside Club, Monday Afternoon Bowling League, and church circles. Eunice was awarded the title of Honorary 4-H member in 1973, Emmet County Rural Homemaker of the Year in 1976, and she and her family were awarded the Emmet County Safe Farm Family Award in 1963. She will always be remembered for her legendary fried chicken, potato salad, fudge, and pies.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Donald; five children and their spouses: Larry (Margaret) Howard, Linda (Gary) Prince, Barbara (Larry) Rupert, Kathryn (Tony) Rogers, Richard (Karen) Howard; fifteen grandchildren: Jennifer Howard, Laura (David) DeVary, Nicole Howard, Kristine (Trevor) Eisenmenger, Stephanie Prince, Jacquelyn Prince, Stephen Moore, Kevin (Traci) Moore, Carmen Moore, Toni Marie Rogers, Sandra Rogers, Stephanie (Darren) Todd, Krystal Howard, Sheri Howard, Nathan Howard; and nine great grandchildren: Ali DeVary, Kyle DeVary, Joslyn Moore, Jadynn Moore, Jordyn Moore, Shayleigh Todd, Seth Todd, Justine Eisenmenger, and Tucker Eisenmenger.

Eunice was preceded in death by her father in 1933, her mother in 1973, her step-father Mack Antrim in 1974, and her brother Fern in 1975.

Online condolences at www.henryolsonfuneral.com.