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Mardelle May Howard

April 28, 2019
Estherville News

Funeral services for Mardelle May Howard, 83, of Estherville, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 29, 2019, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Gruver, with Pastor Fred Dykhuizen offiating. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery, Estherville. She passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Sunday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Mardelle May Howard, the daughter of George and Edna (Duckworth) Show, was born Sept. 7, 1935, near Iowa Falls, Iowa.

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On March 26, 1959, she was united in marriage to Leonard Howard in Superior, Iowa. The couple made their first home north of Gruver and in March 1969 to the new family farm east of Huntington. They retired in Estherville July of 2002. Mardelle loved kids and was employed at the Estherville High School as a librarian for many years. In her free time, she enjoyed visiting family, crocheting and sewing.

She was a longtime member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church south of Gruver.

Left to cherish Mardelle's memory are her husband, Leonard of Estherville; children, Kimberly Howard of St. Louis Park, Minn., David (Kathy Jo) Howard of Estherville, Ronnie (Vickie) Howard of Johnston, Iowa, Kenny (Julie) Howard of River Hills, Wis., Lyle (Katrina) Howard of Spencer, Iowa, Melinda (Adam) Miller of Woodridge, Ill.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Maurice (Charlene) Show of Estherville, Marvin (Patt) Show of Fremont, Neb., and Marvella (Doug) Shatter of Renner, S.D., and sister-in-law Delores Kesler of Estherville.

Preceding Mardelle in death were her parents, in-laws Harold and Etta Howard and brother-in-law Junior Kesler.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to Avera Holy Family Hospital or Ingham Lake Bible Camp.



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