Anne Haden Howe, 85, of Athens died August 22, 2013, in Atlanta. She was born on January 15, 1928, in Charlottesville, VA, the daughter of the late Henry Addison Haden and Margaret Hammill Haden. Anne graduated from Lane High School in Charlottesville and from Agnes Scott College in Decatur in 1950 with a degree in Economics. In 1951 she married Henry Branch Howe, Jr., whom she had met at a Methodist fellowship event at his parents' home while he was attending Emory University.
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In 1959 Anne and Branch moved to Athens, where Branch taught in the Microbiology Department and Anne eventually worked as a secretary in the Education Department at the University of Georgia. After they both retired in 1990 they travelled extensively until Branch's death in Kenya in 1998.
Anne was an active member of Athens First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Altar Guild, the Fellowship Sunday School Class, and Circle. She was a former Sunday school teacher and choir member.
She volunteered with numerous organizations, including Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program, and the Elijah Clarke chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a past president of the St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, a charter member of the Beechwood Hills Garden Club, and a former member of the Athens Choral Society. She enjoyed swimming laps at the YMCA, playing bridge, birding, and taking trips to the beach with her family.
She was predeceased by her parents, her devoted husband of 47 years, sister-in-law Sally Bell of Jacksonville, FL, and cousin Louise Hilker of Charlottesville, VA. She is survived by sons Stephen and Alan Howe of Atlanta, daughter Barbara Howe McArthur and son-in-law John McArthur of Columbia, SC, grandsons John McArthur, Jr. of Raleigh, NC and Will McArthur of Columbia, nephew Branch Haines of Jacksonville, FL, and cousins Polly Sheets of Charlottesville, VA and Elinor Burchard of Montrose, CO.
A memorial service will be held at Athens First United Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, August 26 with Rev. Chuck Hodges and Rev. Martha Aenchbacher officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 1:30 p.m. in the John Wesley parlor at the church. A private interment will be at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Nancy Ewing and the caregivers at Home Instead in Athens and at Halcyon House in Atlanta.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Altar Guild at Athens First United Methodist Church, 327 N. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30601, or to St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, 1230 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30606. Bridges Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Aug. 25, 2013