Jean M. Howell (1917 - 2010)

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Funeral services for Jean M. Howell, 92, of Pleasant Valley, Iowa, formerly of Davenport, Iowa, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport. Interment will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary in Davenport.

Mrs. Howell died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home in Pleasant Valley, Iowa.

Jean Murrell Plumlee was born Oct. 29, 1917, in Manhattan, the daughter of Harvey and Elizabeth (Skinner) Plumlee. She was a graduate of Montana State University.

On Nov. 26, 1938, she married Robert E. Howell in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1990.

During World War II, she worked as a junior artist illustrator at the Rock Island Arsenal. Prior to her retirement in 1982, she was employed as a dietary supervisor at Wittenmeyer Youth Center.

Mrs. Howell was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Deo Juvante Circle, Tuesday Book Club, Davenport Women's Club, Alpha Circle of King's Daughters, Artists Unlimited, the Young at Heart Kitchen Band, Calligraphy Guild, and she also volunteered as a 4-H leader.

She is survived by a daughter, Sue (Bob) Jennings of McCausland, Iowa; four sons, James (Ede) Howell of Bettendorf, Iowa, Gene (Sharon) Howell of Springboro, Ohio, Lawrence (Pat) Howell of Davenport, Iowa, John (Kimberly) Howell of Moline, Ill.; two sisters, Leah Lona Albright of Helena, and Laura Coffman of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; a brother, Walter Plumlee of Abilene, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Brink and Alice Alderson; and two brothers, Roger and Carl Plumlee.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church Library Fund in Davenport, the , or to Genesis Cardiovascular Research.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.cunnick-collins.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 13, 2010
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