Donna Marie (Lambur) Howard

Donna Marie (Lambur) Howard

Donna Marie (Lambur) Howard of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Sedalia, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 with family by her side at the age of 66. She is preceded in death by her husband, Larry Marvin Howard who passed away in February 2007. Her parents Edward and Eleanore Lambur, and her brother David also preceded her in death. Donna is survived by her loving children and their families whom she deeply cherished: Christie Greene and fiancé, Tim Blasi, and grandchildren Andy and Abby of Springfield; John Howard and grandchildren Taylor, Payton and Dylan of Sedalia; Libby and husband Eric Ecker and grandchildren Ella and Eli of Springfield; and Katie and her husband Toby Yates and grandchildren Jaxon, Brady and Sydney of Springfield. She is also survived by four siblings: Mike Lambur and his wife Carroll of San Antonio, TX; Sue Lambur and her husband Rob Kiehm of Eureka, MO; Linda Kassoff and her husband Scott of Ellisville, MO; Steve Lambur and his wife Kathy of Kansas City, MO, nieces and nephews and many friends.

Donna was born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 20. She attended college at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she met her husband, Larry. Donna and Larry lived in Sedalia for many years where they were proud supporters of the Sedalia School District and Smith-Cotton Athletics. Donna divided her time between Springfield, Missouri where she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren; and Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, where she enjoyed serene views on the beach and quality time with many good friends. Donna was active in the Missouri Women's Golf Association and proudly supported efforts in women's golf in the state of Missouri.

The family would like to express special thanks to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the care given by her wonderful team of doctors for performing a double lung transplant in August, 2012, for which she was ever grateful and gave her a renewed sense of hope.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday December 16, 2012 from 1:00 P.M-3:00 P.M in Millwood Golf & Racquet Club, Springfield, MO.

The family requests that you please consider the donation of life by registering to be an organ donor at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Donna's memory to the Larry and Donna Howard Memorial Fund for the Sedalia School District or the Missouri Women's Golf Association.

Published in the News-Leader on Dec. 8, 2012