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Information for Opal M. Easter Howard

12 December, 1914 - 30 March, 1996

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

31 March, 1996
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Opal Howard

    Opal M. Howard, 81 of Middleton.  Vigil service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 1996, at the Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 1996, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Caldwell, with Fr. Enrique Terriquez, officiating.  Burial will follow at the Middleton Cemetery.
    Mrs. Howard died of cancer on Saturday, March 30, 1996, at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Nampa.  Opal M. Howard was born Dec. 12, 1914, in Whitman, Nebraska, to Lewis A. and Ovabelle (Kivett) Easter.  She was educated in Colorado and moved to Idaho in 1931.  She married Frank L. Howard in 1936 and in 1948 moved to Middleton, where they lived the rest of their lives.  She worked 17 years at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital and retired in 1976.  Frank died in 1989.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Caldwell,  The Catholic Women's League, Focus on Hope, University Guild, the Idaho Writers' League, the boards of Canyon County Organization on Aging and the ECHO and Information and Assistance programs, the Hunger Action Council, and the Idaho State P.T.A.
    Under the auspices of the Idaho State Library, she taped books for the blind.  She helped adults learn to read through the Right to Read program, tutored juvenile prisoners at the Canyon County jail, and contributed 100 books to help build a jail library.
    She enjoyed camping, beachcombing, music, reading, and needlepoint.  She is survived by a daughter, Jewel Easter, and husband Larry, Nampa; a grandson, Dennis Howard, and wife Cindy and their children, Katrina, Jennifer, and Alena, Middleton; a granddaughter, Laura Croft, and husband Scott, Virginia; a grandson, K. David Marple, Portland; two brothers and their wives, Howard and Bobbie Easter, Nampa, and Clarence J. and Dorothy Easter, Vancouver, WA; a foster sister and brother, Sadie West and Douglas Kindness, Downey, CA.; one niece, Carol Foster; and six nephews: Howard, Larry, and Bill Easter; Earl and Richard Hanson; and Donald Coggburn.  Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a son, John; a daughter, Jean; and a sister, Donnie Whittenberg.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Luke's Hospice, 151 E. Bannock, Boise, Idaho 83712.   

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