LOUISVILLE, Colo. - Willie Nadine "Bill" Howard, 90, formerly of Charleston, Mo., died at 8 p.m. June 22, 2005, in Louisville.
Born Sept. 26, 1914, in the Gravel Ridge Community of Mississippi County, Mo., daughter of the late Rufus Edgar and Ollie Zimmer Barnhill, she was a graduate of Anniston High School and was educated at the former Cape State College (Southeast Missouri State University). For several years, she taught elementary school in the Mississippi County rural schools of Medley, Samos and Wyatt before moving to Ulysses, Kan., in 1962. In Ulysses, she served as Curator for the Grant County Museum, as Country Librarian for 15 years, and was recognized as Grant County's Citizen of the Year in 1973. She volunteered on many boards and committees, and as a Silver Haired Legislator in the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. In 1984, she returned to Charleston, where she was an active member in the First Baptist Church as a Bible teacher, historian, and served as Church Librarian. She conducted many popular book studies of both religious and secular books at her church and in the Mississippi County Library. She moved to Louisville in 1999, where she resided in the Balfour Retirement Community. In addition to her love for reading and teaching, she was particularly fond of children, and volunteered as a mentor to both elementary and middle school students in Louisville. Fond of politics, she was exceedingly tolerant of everyone's views, and was widely respected for her skill as a moderating influence in resolving conflicts.
On May 20, 1938, she married her lifelong love, Lon Thomas (L.T.) Howard of Charleston, who preceded her in death on Nov. 9, 1995.
Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Lon and Itsuko Howard of Silverdale, Wash., and Gary and Judy Howard of Boulder; one sister, Emma Shew of Charleston; two grandchildren, Steve Howard of Broomfield and Cherie Lynn Hagan of Denver; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until time for services at 11 a.m. at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston. The Rev. Gerald Collier of Ironton, Mo., will officiate.
Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery.