SIKESTON -- Catherine Ann Howard, age 71 of Sikeston, died on Friday, July 18, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Jan. 8, 1937, in Charleston, Mo., to the late Roy A. and Thelma A. Atteberry Bess.
She was a self-employed artist and a member of Hunter Memorial Presbyterian Church of Sikeston. She married Ron Howard on Oct. 20, 2007, in Sikeston, and he survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, Bernard Dawkins of St. Louis; one daughter, Amy Sirk of Bertrand; one stepdaughter and her husband, Diane and David Warren of Jacksonville, Fla.; one half-sister, Paula Gay Evans of Sikeston; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Sirk, Michael Dawkins and Sara Slayden.
Beginning both piano and voice lessons at a very young age, Catherine won many state competitions, including the State Vocal Contest at Columbia, and became an accomplished pianist and composer, performing at various social and professional events throughout the community.
A graduate of Charleston High School, she continued her studies at Drury College in Springfield, where she was the accompanist for a 60-voice choir. She later attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she graduated with a 4.0 grade point average, and was salutatorian of her class. While at UMC, she received the No. 1 rating in voice for two years at the Columbia State Vocal Contest. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity, and Alpha Lambda Delta, a fraternity for freshmen women, based solely upon class grades. She also won first place in a Spanish poetry contest.
Other notable achievements throughout her lifetime include: a No. 1 rating in piano accompaniment by the National Federal of Music Clubs in St. Louis; artwork displays at City Art Museum in Springfield; placing "best-in-show" at the Cherokee National Museum, with her artwork being a feature of the Native American exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute, along with four of her Native American war bonnets featured at the First Annual Blue Sky Pow-Wow in El Reno, Okla.
She had been honored at the Kennedy Center for her numerous paintings, which are placed in the office of U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson in Washington, D.C., as well as the White House. She also painted many celebrities, including Iron Eyes Cody and Julius Boros.
Visitation will be held from noon until time of memorial services at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. Pastor John Goodwin of Hunter Memorial Presbyterian Church will officiate.
- - -
may be made to:
The House of Refuge
P.O. Box 244
Sikeston, MO 63801