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Zela Ruth Howard

Bonnie - Zela Ruth Howard, 79, Bonnie died at 6 a.m. October 25, 2003 
at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon. She was a retired 
sales clerk and was a homemaker. 

Mrs. Howard was born July 19, 1924 in Bonnie to Ronald and Veneeta (Merriman) 
Allen, She married Warren G. Howard on August 16, 1941 in Benton, Missouri. 
He preceded her in death on January 25, 1967. 

Mrs. Howard is survived by a son, Tommy Joe “TJ” Howard and wife Marla of 
Bonnie; three daughters, Shirley Roney of Irvington, Patty Hale and husband 
Eddie of Bonnie, and Karen Jung and husband Dave of Mt. Vernon; eight grand-
children, Scott Roney and wife Cheryl of Decatur, Tony and KayCee Hale of Bonnie, 
Malori Winchester and husband Ryan of Mt. Vernon, Dristi and Dyle Lamichhane of 
Mt. Vernon, Jennifer Simms and husband Jeff of Bonnie, and Jamie Robinson and 
husband Robby of Waltonville; five great-grandchildren, Dane, Savannah, and 
Addison Roney of Decatur, Tyler Winchester of Mt. Vernon, and Harlie Eubanks of 

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother 
Gerald Allen.

Mrs. Howard was a long time active member of Bonnie Baptist Church. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 
Bonnie Baptist Church in Bonnie with the Rev. Merle Fullerton officiating. 
Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Johnston's Funeral Home 
in Ina was in charge of arrangements.

Date: 1 Nov 2003
Source: The Daily American, West Frankfort, IL
Submitted by:  Robert W. Loman

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