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Madine C. Howell

Madine Frances Cheek Howell, 85 of Roanoke, formerly of Danville, passed away Dec. 31, 2012. She was born Aug. 19, 1927 in Bedford County, and was the daughter of the late Charles Guy Cheek and Vera Gertrude Mitchell Cheek. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Otis Thomas Howell, Sr. She was a member of Melville Avenue Baptist Church and a graduate of Dan River High School where she was a member of the girls Basketball Team, Home Economics Club and an officer in the Student Government. She was a devoted homemaker, great seamstress and excellent cook. She became physically disabled in 1956 as a result of polio and spent 17 months in Warm Springs, GA. and Richmond. She would remain physically challenged the rest of her life but she was a very positive, independent, spiritual person who lived her life to the fullest despite her disability. She is survived by her only daughter, Kathy Howell Matthews of Glade Hill, son-in-law Rick Matthews, and granddaughter, Dr. Heather Matthews Anderson and her husband, Eric, of Wirtz, and only son, Otis Thomas Howell, Jr., daughter-in-law, Judy B. Howell, and grandsons, Colby Howell and his wife, Heather, and Peyton Howell, and his fiancee, Krystle, all of Roanoke; great-grandchildren, Jaydn, Paige, Maggie, Caleb, and Sophey; an aunt, Eunice Mitchell of Danville, and other relatives, cousins and friends in Roanoke, Bedford, and Danville. Graveside funeral services were conducted on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in Highland Burial Park, Danville, with the Rev. Bruce Tuttle officiating. Flowers accepted or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Our special thanks to the staff and residents of Our Lady of the Valley Assisted Living Facility in Roanoke, for their loving care and kindness. Also, special thanks to Vanessa; also thank you to the staff of Gentle Shephard Hospice; thank you to Pastor Dan. Madine was affectionately referred to as the Puzzle Lady". Our mother showed us what the face of courage looks like when you are physically challenged! May she walk and run in paradise. God didn't promise days without pain, laughter; without sorrow or sun; without rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and a light for the way. Barker Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Howell family. Sign the guest book at www.swicegood-barker.com, www.facebook/swicegoodbarker, or www.godanriver.com.
Published in Bedford Bulletin from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2013
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