June 11, 2009

(6/12/1918- 6/1/2009)

Mary Catherine Howell, 90, of Arbela, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at the Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka.

She was born June 12, 1918 in Scotland County the daughter of Howard and Beulah (Miller) Goosey. She attended grade schools in Scotland County and one year of high school in Laclede, MO.

Mary married Alva F. Howell on June 9, 1935 at her mother’s home near Rutledge, MO. He preceded her in death on June 2, 1992.

To this union three children were born – two daughters and a son. After Mary and Alva were married, they spent most of their time living on farms north of Arbela and raising their family. In 1975 they moved to Arbela, where they lived for over 27 years.

The Howells were Christians and tried to live their lives according to Christian principles. They were both baptized by the Christian Church on November 30, 1941, and they were lifelong members. Mary loved her church and attended regularly when she was able. She spent many hours visiting fellow members and friends in the nursing home. She helped many times with meals for families after or before funerals, she also helped with the meals-on-wheels program in Memphis.

Mary was well known in the area as a kind, caring woman who could not get enough food on the table for her friends or family gatherings. She was always wanting you to eat something or asking if you wanted more. She enjoyed being outside working in her garden, mowing the yard, working with Alva on the farm, taking walks and playing with grandkids. She enjoyed her (sometimes too many) cats. Mary was known for the wall papering and painting that she and Alva did around the Memphis and Kahoka area.

One of her many accomplishments was making quilts for all the grandkids and great-grandkids. She spent many nights embroidering or quilting.

Mary spent the past six-plus years at the Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka following a stroke in December 2002. Although she was not where she wanted to be and not feeling like she should, Mary still maintained a great attitude, enjoyed company, especially from her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed the church services that were offered at the Nursing Home and had many nurses and nurses aids as friends. Her daughter, Arlene, spent many hours at the nursing home making sure her mom was taken care of. Mary loved her family and she was loved by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her stepfather, William H Briggs; her sister, Beulah Hays Holman; and two brothers, Harold and Okla David “Jack” Goosey.

She is survived by her daughters, Darlene Chapman and husband Jack of Union MO, Arlene Carlin and husband, Larry of Kahoka, MO; son, Darrell Howell and wife, Sue of Waterford, MI.; six grandchildren, Shelly Chapman of Union MO; Mrs. Lonnie (Kimberly) Nelson of Hannibal, MO; Curtis Carlin of Kahoka, MO, Mrs. Terry (Terri) Daw of Kahoka, Mrs. Benjamin (Heather) Johnson of Wheaton IL, and Marcus Howell of Springfield, MO; Sister-in-law, Mae Goosey of Pocatello, ID; six great-grandchildren, Christopher Nelson of Boston, MA, Laura Nelson of Boiling Springs, NC, Jeremy Daw of Kahoka, MO, Josiah, Violet and Jude Johnson of Wheaton, IL; also several nieces and nephews in Missouri, Iowa, Idaho, Nebraska and Illinois.

Funeral services were Friday, June 5 at the First Christian Church in Memphis. Jack Sumption, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiated. Special music was provided by Beth Johnson, soloist, and Arleta Dye, pianist. Pallbearers were Terry Daw, Jerry Hayes, Curt Carlin, Marcus Howell, Jeremy Daw, Lonnie Nelson, and Miles Cameron. Honorary bearers were Don Goosey, Bill Wiley, Bob Shelley, Reo Atkinson, Calvin Kraus, Richard Goosey, and Richard Stevenson. Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Hancock Co. (IL) Hospice, the First Christian Church, or the donor’s choice and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Howell’s family via email at gerths@gerths.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of Gerth Funeral Service from its Memphis chapel.

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