Mary Rachel (Gordon) Howard, 94, of Anderson, left Earth for eternal glory on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Born Jan. 22, 1923, in Springfield, Ohio, she was the daughter of Nellie (Hilts) and Calmer Gordon.
Her family moved to Anderson when she was three-years-old and she attended Anderson public schools. She moved to Emporia in her senior year and graduated from Markleville High School in 1941. She went on to graduate from Anderson Business College.
She married Charles Merriman Howard on Nov. 6, 1943, in McCook, Nebraska, where he was stationed.
The Howards raised their family in Anderson. Upon retirement, they split their time between their fam in Jennings County, Indiana and home in Fort Meyers, Florida, returning to Anderson in 2002.
Mary Rachel was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, where she was actively involved in Women's Ministries, served on boards, in choir, as a teacher with Sunday School, youth and girl's Guild. She was employed by Delco Remy and Sears Roebuck.
Mary Rachel was a member of a Women's Guild, Love One Another (LOA) which formed during Jr. high and continues still. She was an author, artist, and accomplished seamstress.
Mary Rachel is survived by her children, Rev. Joyce Gaunt of Anderson, Nancy (Larry) Bond of Middletown, Tom (Valli) Howard of Nampa, Idaho, and Margie Howard, Kitty Griffith of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Julie Johnston, Anderson, Todd Gaunt , Michigan, Andy Gaunt, Indianapolis, Lori Cross, New Washington, Ben Bond, Elwood, Susan Robarge, Seattle, Washington; John Howard, Great Britain; and Jennifer Keidel, Seattle, Washington; sister, Barbara "Bobbie" Dobbs of Florida; 28 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Marvin Gordon; husband, Charles Merriman Howard; grandson, Charles Bond; great grandson, Samuel Johnston; and great-granddaughter, Amelia Howard.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at First Baptist Church in Anderson. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m., with burial at East Maplewood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to First Baptist Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.rozelle-johnson.com.
Published on March 21, 2017