Mary Ella Howard
Mary Ella Howard, 81, of Pink Hill passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at her home. She was a member of Pink Hill Presbyterian Church and a partner in Pink Hill Funeral Home. Mary Ella was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Howard ; parents, Woodrow and Hilda Grace Smith; and brother, Ernest “Bud” Smith.
She is survived by her daughters, Fran Ward and husband Melvin, Pam Howard Smith, Bobbie Sugg and husband Al, Mary Graves and husband Billy; sons, Junior Howard and wife Denise, Clay Howard and wife Annette; brother Bobby Glenn Smith; sisters-in-law Mana Griffin and Eloise Hemby; grandchildren, Julie Jackson, Houston “Tray” Howard III and wife Tonya, Ryan Howard and husband Randy, Kyle Howard, Sara Yowell and husband Seth, Melissa Castillo and husband Miguel, Adam Sugg and wife Claire, Allison Sugg, Dr. Morgan Graves, Whitney Graves, Will Graves, Jonathan Howard, Mary Katheryn Bryant and husband Marcus; great-grandchildren, Diana Jackson, Jamysen Howard, Meghan Buck, Kody Buck, Ben Yowell, Clay Yowell, Mikenzie Metts, Sullivan Castillo, and Madison Bryant.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be sent to Pink Hill Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 357 Pink Hill, NC 28572.
Visitation will be held at Pink Hill Funeral Home from 6:00 - 9:00 pm on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Pink Hill Funeral Home with burial following at Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Pink Hill.
Online condolences may be sent to www.pinkhillfuneralhome.com.
Pink Hill Funeral Home
Monday November 27th, 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm
1056 E NC 11
Pink Hill, NC 28572
Special Instructions: Visitation 6:00 p.m., Sunday November 26, 2017Text me the address
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So very sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you.
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Submitted by Diane Sutton Colie on Nov 26 2017 04:26:31 PM
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Jerry Lynch lit a candle on Nov 26 2017 02:40:31 PM
Praying for all of you. I pray God will wrap his arms around you all and give you peace and comfort in the coming days! Mrs. Howard was so sweet and caring to everyone. I had the privilege of seeing her love shared through spreading her love and joy to shop for her great grandchildren. Know she loved all of you but these babies were so kind of special to her.
Submitted by Shelia Perry on Nov 26 2017 11:09:04 AM
I can't begin to express how sad I am over the loss of this sweet lady that I was fortunate enough to call my aunt. My daddy called her sister so she was our Aunt Sister and once told me she would not answer if we called her anything else. My whole life I can never think of a time she has not been there for me if I needed her. She has comforted me in times of sadness and been a listening ear anytime I needed her. I will miss her more than words can say. I am so happy for the memories and family she shared with me, Barbara and Walter. She always treated us like her own children. She has been a great friend and sister for my mom and has been the world to my dad. She always welcomed us and our children with open arms. Her house was definitely a happy place. I have a lot of fond memories of dinners and conversations at the round table in the kitchen. To my cousins, I grieve with you and thank you for sharing your sweet mom with us all these years. I love you all and pray that our memories will get us through this hard time. My heart is heavy but I know she is happy in the arms of Uncle Houston, Grandma, Uncle Bud and Walter. I will miss my sweet Aunt Sister forever.
Submitted by Belinda May on Nov 26 2017 10:04:07 AM
Dear Fran, Pam & family,
I am truly sorry for your loss of such a sweet & loving mother. Mary Ella was one of a kind---such a special lady! Always with a smile on her face and kind words on her lips! She will be missed by so many people that knew and loved her as well as her beloved family! It has always brightened my day just to see her beautiful face! I loved her and all of you all forever it seems!! Can NOT remember any time that I did NOT know you all!!
I know you all have very, very precious memories with her-----and it is my prayer that all those precious memories will comfort you in this difficult time----and forever in the future! May God bless you all!
With deepest sympathy,
Debbie Smith Humphrey
Submitted by Debbie Smith Humphrey on Nov 26 2017 08:54:58 AM
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Debbie Smith Humphrey lit a candle on Nov 26 2017 08:43:38 AM
It is not easy saying goodbye to my Aunt! She was one amazing lady! I always found love and comfort at her house. I could write a book full of memories and all are good! She loved me, Walter and Belinda like we were her own. She always took care of my daddy and was his rock! She was the best sister-in-law my mom could ask for. She was an amazing mom, Mema, wife, sister, daughter, Aunt, Great Aunt and friend anyone could ask for. I loved her beyond words and am so glad to have been blessed with her and her kids as my family! I will miss you forever Aunt Sister! Enjoy your reunion with Uncle Houston, Grandma, Grandaddy, Uncle Bud and Walter. I know they are loving having you there! We will miss you but know another Angel is watching over us!
Submitted by Barbara Ashley on Nov 26 2017 07:49:10 AM
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Denise Rouse lit a candle on Nov 26 2017 12:53:23 AM
I'm so very sorry for your loss. In the short time I knew Mrs. Howard, I could tell that she was a very special person and that she was loved beyond measure. May she rest in peace and I pray that comfort will find your family during this difficult time.
Fondly, Denise Rouse
Submitted by Denise Rouse on Nov 26 2017 12:52:48 AM
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