April 24, 1920 - Jan. 11, 2013
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Jeanne was born in Fitzgerald, GA., and raised in Oklahoma City. She attended Columbia University in New York City and worked at the 1939 World's Fair on Long Island.
Jeanne married the love of her life, Winston Howe, an Oklahoma City school teacher, in 1940. They were to be happily married for 77 years. She became a teacher at the Sheldon Elementary School in El Sobrante and later in the Richmond Unified School District of California. Mrs. Howe was instrumental in establishing the first pre-school class for deaf children in California and the western U.S. Jeanne was a dedicated member of the Contra Costa Council for Exceptional Children and author of numerous articles in professional magazines relating to childhood deafness. She was past president and recipient of an honorary lifetime membership from the De Anza Schools P.T.A.
She and her husband retired from teaching in 1977 and in 1979 moved to Vallejo. Here Jeanne became a charter member of the Unitarian/Universalist Church. She was also active in Carquinez and Vallejo Mobile Home Organizations. In 1993-94 she volunteered as a sign language teacher at Douglas Center. She also greatly enjoyed her membership in the Vallejo and Benicia Bridge Marathon Club where she made and maintained many friendships.
Mrs. Howe is survived by her 98 year old husband, Winston; her two sons, William of Vallejo and Philip of Sausalito/Montana; her granddaughter, Janiene (Chad) of Napa and her great-granddaughter, Willa. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Feb. 8, 2013