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Howell, Dorothy Ruth - Kenai  
Longtime Kenai resident Dorothy Ruth Howell, 89, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Heritage Place. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Pastor Janice Carlton will officiate. Burial will be in the Kenai City Cemetery. A celebration of life and potluck will follow at the Kenai Senior Center. Dorothy was born Oct. 28, 1925 in Portland, Texas. She graduated from Taft High School in Taft, Texas. She worked at Correll Hospital in 1942 as a sheet metal repairwoman on aircraft engines and riveted at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. She moved to Alaska in 1962 and lived in Kenai for a short time before moving to Anchorage and then to Fairbanks. She returned to Kenai in 1967. While in Alaska, she worked for the State of Alaska and later for Kimco, Inc. Dorothy was a member of the Kenai United Methodist church, F.O.E., L.O.O.M. Charter Auxiliary, Beta Sigma Phi, and the Petroleum Wives Club. She was a judge for Miss Alaska and Miss Junior Alaska and served as president and secretary/treasurer of the local bowling league. Dorothy enjoyed traveling, bowling, golfing, soap operas, Wii games, playing cards with Betty and football. "She was a great lady and she loved the Lord. There is one problem, I am jealous because she got to Heaven before I did. She would not want you to mourn her because she will live in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us celebrate her life instead of mourn her loss. I loved her very much," her brother Melvin wrote. "I love her very much and she will be missed," her son Mark said. "She was my favorite grandma," her grandson Slade said. "My mother was my mentor. I always looked up to her for everything. She was the most fascinating person I know. I will love her and miss her, but I know she is with our Lord. I am jealous that she is in Heaven with our Lord and family, but I know I will see her again. I love you mom, love you very much," her daughter, Margaret Jeanette wrote. "I love you very much," her granddaughter, Dorene said. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Nina Bloyer, husband, S. Darby Howell, brother, Earl Bloyer, nephew, Lester Carl Bloyer, and sister-in-law, Lois Bloyer. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Jeanette Howell and Oscar Rookard; son and daughter-in-law, D. Mark and Dolores Howell; grandchildren, Dana L. Bush and wife, Jennifer, Dorene Gail Newby, Slade Howell and his significant other, Teicha Cox and Misty Howell; great-grandchildren, Dalton, Zane, Lexee, Blake, and Malayna Bush, Destiny Schmidt, J.D. Newby, and Sonya and Saylor Howell; great-great-grandchild, Ryton Bush; her brother, Melvin Bloyer; nieces and nephews, Debbie Hilton and son, Hunter, Jane Johnson family, Gerry Milnor, Troy Ross Caperton and spouse, Don Davis; lifelong friends, Bill and Betty Osborne and Jim and Janet Hudson; and pet companion, Monique. Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on May 2, 2015
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