A co-founder of Friends of County Animal Shelters (F.O.C.A.S.) and active community volunteer, Mrs. Howell lived in La Jolla for 78 years. She attended The Bishop's School, received a B.A. from Hollins University and an M.A. from Stanford. She worked on the China desk in the fledgling CIA before marrying fellow Stanford graduate, Dr. Frank Howell.
They returned to La Jolla, where her husband set up a lab and practice in Oral Pathology and she raised four children. She served on several boards, including La Jolla Country Day School and The Bishop's School and was active in the Junior League of San Diego, the UCSD Library, and The Wednesday Club. However, it was her passion for animals, particularly homeless dogs and cats, that became her life's work. Mrs. Howell became known as one of San Diego's leading animal advocates and a visionary leader in the animal movement.
She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years and is survived by four children, Ruth Howell of La Jolla, Susan Mallory of Los Angeles, Amy Howell of Hammonton, NJ, and John Howell of Washington, DC; and three granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held at St. James by-the-Sea on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the F.O.C.A.S. program at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, St. James by-the-Sea, and The Bishop's School.