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
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
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
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.