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Ilse Bay Howard 1938-2012 MANCHESTER CENTER, VT Ilse (Bay) Howard, 73, a resident of Danby-Pawlet Road passed away Thursday January 5, 2012 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Ilse was born in Hamburg, Germany on August 25, 1938 the daughter of John Henry Bay and Agnes Matison and received her education in Hamburg. After coming to the United States at a young age, she lived briefly in New York. She then moved to Los Angeles where she was given a one year contract by Jack Warner of Warner Brothers. While there, she became friends with many notables including Bing Crosby, Jack Kennedy and Bob Hope. She returned to New York one year later and went to work for Cartier. She once had the opportunity to go to one Yankees game with Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio. She was initially married to J. Miguel Tarafa and lived with him in Cuba until the Castro Revolution. After leaving Cuba, she and Mr. Tarafa lived in New York and Baden-Baden, Germany. Her marriage later ended in divorce. In 1970, she met and became married to George Howard. They lived and worked in New York until 1983 when they moved to Palm Beach, Florida. In 1994, she and Mr. Howard moved to Manchester, Vermont where they operated Wines By George. She loved working in the Retail Wine Business and could not remember dinner without a glass of wine. Mrs. Howard loved music, dancing, brisk walks, laughing, telling stories, traveling, fine cloths, antique furniture, jewelry, dining out, flowers, chocolates, anything pink as well as social gatherings with friends and family. Ilse is survived by her husband George Howard of Manchester and her sisters-in-law; Bayard Baker and her husband Bill and Mary Howard, both of New York City. FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of the life of Ilse (Bay) Howard will be held Sunday afternoon January 8, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at Brewster Funeral Service 34 Park Place Manchester Center, Vermont. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday January 8, 2012 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be private. If friends desire, memorial gifts in Ilse's memory may be made to the , Vermont Division c/o Brewster Funeral Service P.O. Box 885 Manchester Center, Vermont. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Brewster Funeral Service 34 Park Place Manchester Center, Vermont.

Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 6, 2012
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