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Eunice LaVonne May (Gray) Howard

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

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Funeral services for Eunice LaVonne May (Gray) Howard, 81, will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at First Christian Church in Estherville. Rev. Doug Burton will offiicate the service.

Visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m., today at Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville.

Eunice passed away Friday, June 6, 2008, in Estherville.

Interment will take place at East Side Memorial Cemetery.

Eunice LaVonne May (Gray) Howard, the daughter of Frederick and Ruie (Hunt) Gray, was born February 11, 1927. Eunice graduated from Moorhead High School in Moorhead. On Sept. 7, 1947, Eunice was united in marriage to Donald Harvey Howard in Estherville. The couple farmed near Estherville until their retirement in 1984. They were members of the Gruver Presbyterian Church for 52 years until it closed then attended First Christian Church in Estherville.Eunice devoted her life to caring for her five children and running a busy home. She also enjoyed volunteering her time with the Emmet County 4-H program, and was a member of the Farm Bureau, Royal Neighbors of America, Ryan Lake Club, Gruver UPW, the Emmet County Cattlemen Association Cow Belles, East Riverside Club, Monday Afternoon Bowling League, and church circles. Eunice was awarded the title of Honorary 4-H member in 1973, Emmet County Rural Homemaker of the Year in 1976, and she and her family were awarded the Emmet County Safe Farm Family Award in 1963.She was preceded in death by her father in 1933; her mother in 1973; her step-father, Mack Antrim; and her brother, Fern in 1975.Eunice is survived by her husband, Donald; five children and their spouses: Larry (Margaret) Howard, Linda (Gary) Prince, Barbara (Larry) Rupert, Kathryn (Tony) Rogers, and Richard (Karen) Howard; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.