Sue Garvin Howard

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Sue Garvin Howard
JAMES ISLAND, SC - Sue Garvin Howard, 96, died peacefully at her James Island home on January 13, 2015, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Born on July 31, 1918, Sue was the daughter of the late Annabell Courtney Garvin and Luther Ernest Garvin. A native of Aiken County, SC, she spent her childhood with her brothers and sisters on the family farm in New Holland. She graduated from Aiken High School and studied voice at Furman University.
In 1938, Sue married her childhood friend, Edward Hartwell Howard, and had three daughters, Linda, Judy and Courtney. While a resident of Aiken, Sue enjoyed many years of community singing and theater with her husband. A dedicated gardener, she was a member of the Country Garden Club of Aiken and authored their history in 1993.
Sue became the social editor of the Aiken Standard and Review in 1950. During her employment there, she received three awards from the South Carolina Press Association for her editing and for her daily column, "Town Topics". From 1965 to 1975, Sue served as the assistant administrator at the Aiken Nursing Home, which was founded by her sister Jimmie Harris. In 1999, Sue moved to Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community to be closer to family.
A true Southern lady, Sue had a sweet graciousness of spirit that touched the lives of all those who knew her. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Poston and Judy Whitworth (Larry) of Mount Pleasant, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter Courtney Quattlebaum (Dr. Thomas) of Charleston.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 17 at 2 PM at the Chapel at Bishop Gadsden, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, James Island. Interment will be held on Saturday, May 9 at 2 PM at Graniteville Cemetery, Aiken, SC. Memorials can be made to the , 508 Hampton Street, Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201 or to the , PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
Arrangements by PALMETTO CREMATION SOCIETY, 11 Cunnington Ave., Charleston, SC 29405, (843) 722-2555.
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Jan. 16, 2015
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