Harriett Louise Butterworth Howell, 92, passed away with her family at her bedside on January 28, 2014, at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Louise was a native of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland County, England. She was born to Louis and Isabell Butterworth on June 20, 1921. She was wed to Joseph Benton Howell, a native of Birmingham, in October of 1945 in Birmingham. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1991; parents; sister, Straphine Butterworth Puttock; brother, William of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and her brother Stanley Butterworth of Paris, France. She was also preceded in death by her grandson Benton Turner Howell of Anniston. She is survived by her two sons, Dr. Joseph Benton Howell II and wife, Lark, of Anniston, and Trevor Wayne Howell and wife, Karen, of Nashville, Tenn.; four granddaughters, (Mrs.) Lesley Ann Howell Owen (Brandon), Marie Louise Howell, Mary Fowler Butterworth Howell, all of Nashville, Tenn. and Lauren Lanelle Howell Gee, formerly of Anniston, now of Cincinnati, Ohio; three great-grandsons, Howell, Elliott and Louis Owen of Nashville, Tenn. Mrs. Howell, or "Granna" as she was affectionately called, was educated at the Mayfield School in London, England. During World War II, she served as an encryption specialist for the British Admiralty Department in Washington, D.C. Having lived in Nashville since 2001, she spent most of her years in Mobile, where she was a founding member of St. Mark Methodist Church, a choir member and president of the Women's Society of Christian Service. While a resident of Nashville, she was a docent at Cheekwood and member of the English Speaking Union. She was a friend of many in Anniston where she frequently visited, and attended Grace Episcopal Church. An avid fisherperson, tennis and bridge player, she was also an exceptional portrait artist. Loved by many, Granna, who had the gift of English dry wit, was an inspiration to animal and art lovers and was respected by those who live out their own truth. Gifts and memorials are to be made in memory of Louise B. Howell to: The Benton Howell Memorial Fund Grace Episcopal Church P.O. Box 1791 Anniston, AL 36202 www.graceanniston.org
Services will be in Nashville, Tenn. at First Baptist Church at 3 p.m., February 1, 2014. Services will also be at Grace Episcopal Church, Anniston, officiated by the Reverend Lee Shafer, on a date to be announced.