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Carol Ann Denney Howard


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Carol Ann Denney Howard Obituary
November 1936 - July 2017 Carol Ann Denney Howard, age 80, passed away at her home in Huntington Beach, CA, surrounded by her family on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. She was born on November 11, 1936, in Oilton, Oklahoma, to James Buford and Zeuilla Cornelia (Johnston) Denney, the eldest of three children. Growing up a very serious young lady, she earned her M.A. Ed. from Tulsa University where she was a member of Phi Mu fraternity. On March 30, 1961, she married Jimmy Vern Howard in the Kerr Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa, OK. Together, they had two children then moved from Oklahoma to Southern California to pursue work in the Long Beach Unified school system. While caring for their children, Carol became a substitute teacher called upon to instill order in the classroom, even squashing chain fights in the Los Angeles public schools system. With her husband, she loved bridge, dancing together and raising her voice in song in both church and community choirs, resulting in some amazing concert tours of Europe. She always spoke out against discrimination based on gender, orientation or race. Left to honor Carol and remember her love are her husband of 56 years, Jim, her son Kurt and daughter Jaimie, and her youngest brother James Bruce Denney. Carol was preceded in death by her parents and her brother George. Carol will be remembered as a bright, warm spirit in the various communities and chorales she served. She was a member of PEO, sang with the South Coast and Golden West Master chorales and was a member/deacon of Lakewood First Presbyterian and Community United Methodist churches. Per Carol's wishes, her ashes will be scattered at sea without a service. Memorials may be made in Carol's name to GLSEN (www.glsen.org) to continue her life quest to create safe and affirming spaces for all.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 11 to July 15, 2017
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