Dorothy H. Howes
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1916 - 2013
LOWELL -- Dorothy H. (LeBlanc) Howes, a life-long resident of Lowell, died at home on Monday, September 16, 2013, two weeks after celebrating her 97th birthday. She was the wife of the late Russell N. Howes who died in 1964.
Born in Lowell, MA on Sept 3, 1916, Dorothy was the daughter of Elizabeth (Brady) and Joseph J. LeBlanc. She was educated in Lowell Public Schools and graduated from Lowell High School Class of 1935 and Tewksbury State Hospital School of Nursing where she received her R.N. She began her nursing career at Boston City Hospital (now Medical Center) and returned to nursing after raising her family. She was a head nurse at Beacon Crest Nursing Home (now Wingate) and a private duty nurse. In her retirement she served as a senior volunteer for Community Teamwork, Inc. at Christian Hill Nursing Home for over ten years. She was also a former member of the Lowell Garden Club.
Dorothy was a talented cook and baker. She had a love of operatic music, especially soprano, Sarah Brightman as well as relaxing classical music, both of which she found comforting in her latter days. She was an inspiration to the many young women who aided her over the last few years. Determination, grace, and a clear-headed approach to life were qualities that made many admire her. She was an elegant and, at times, feisty lady, who enjoyed telling stories and making others laugh.
Dorothy is survived by her two children, Richard R. and M. Barbara Howes and her daughter-in-law, Joanne M. Howes. She was predeceased by her siblings, Joseph LeBlanc, Jr. and Natalie D. O' Neil. She is also survived by her niece, nephews and their families and faithful friends and care givers, Michelle and Marcel Rosenberg, Tina Connor, and Xiomara Figueroa.
HOWES -- It being her request, calling hours are omitted. Her Life Celebration will be on Thursday at 10:00 AM in St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy's name may be made to Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 5, Lawrence, MA 01843. For directions and condolences, please visit www.mckennaouellette.com
McKenna-Ouellette Funeral Home
327 Hildreth St Lowell, MA 01850
Published in Lowell Sun on Sept. 18, 2013