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Dorothy Howard


1925 - 2016
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Dorothy Howard
Dorothy J. Howard died in her sleep Sunday, November 27, 2016.  She was exactly 91 years and 2 months old.  Dorothy was born in Yakima on September 27, 1925, to Roy Swope and Alma Reusch Swope.  She went to grade school in Lower Naches, graduated from high school in Selah, and earned a BA from Central Washington College of Education (now CWU) and a Masters degree from the University of Chicago.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Alexander H. "Ham" Howard Jr. Dorothy and Ham met at Central in 1945 and were leaders in the student body, including being Queen and escort of the Colonial Ball.  After Ham completed his service in the Army Air Corps, they married on September 6, 1947, and spent their honeymoon traveling to Chicago to attend graduate school.  After school, they bought their first car, a Studebaker Champion, in Detroit, and drove it across country back to Ellensburg, where Ham took a teaching position at Central and Dorothy taught first grade.
Dorothy then took time off from her professional life to begin a family.  After all three children were well into grade school, Dorothy returned to Central to re-earn her teaching certificate.  Then she taught second grade at Washington Elementary and Lincoln Elementary before retiring from Mount Stuart Elementary.
Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Dorothy was one of the original "superwomen," taking care of her family, teaching full time and sitting on various boards in the valley, including the Kittitas Valley Hospital board.
She was also the quintessential "Hostess with the Mostest," able to put on an event, planned or spontaneous, that looked catered, yet was all done alone with care and aplomb.
Dorothy loved all her second-graders, and could remember and recognize nearly all of them from over thirty years of teaching. Many a resident of Kittitas Valley can read, write and work numbers because of Dorothy's caring guidance and help.
In retirement, Dorothy and Ham traveled to Europe and even Russia.  Dorothy also volunteered with the Clymer Museum & Gallery.  She and Ham loved their regular walks to town for "coffee" and keeping up with all the gossip with friends.  Dorothy was also a lifelong member of PEO and AAUW, both groups that promote education for women. She was a beloved Nana to her six grandchildren and was fortunate enough to meet her great-granddaughter.
Dorothy is survived by a younger sister, Joanne Lince of Lynnwood, her three children, Nancy Howard (Dick Logan) of Curlew, Alexander H. "Andy" Howard III (Carrie) of Kenmore, and John Howard (Marjan) of Spokane.  She is also survived by grandchildren Erik Howard (Sondra) of Kodiak; Elsa Otander (John) of Boise; Allison, Tessa, Maisie and Lily Howard of Kenmore; one great-granddaughter, Elin Dorothy Howard of Kodiak.;
and a younger sister, Joanne Lince of Lynnwood.
Arrangements are under the direction of Steward & Williams Tribute Center, Ellensburg, and inurnment will be at IOOF Cemetery in Ellensburg, alongside Ham.  Comments can be left at:  www.steward-williams.com
The family is planning a memorial service for early January and will announce that service in the Daily Record.

Published in Daily Record on Dec. 7, 2016
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