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Deirdre Howarth


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Deirdre Howarth Obituary
Deirdre Mary Howarth
On Thursday, August 30th, Deirdre Mary Howarth, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away at the age of 68 in Tucson, Arizona after bravely battling cancer for four years. Deirdre was born on September 13th, 1949 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Leora and John Cronin. As an only child she grew up in Saddle Brooke, New Jersey, received her degree in education from William Paterson University, and taught elementary school and pre-school.
Deirdre married James C. Howarth on April 7th, 1974 while living in New Jersey and moved to Bethel, Connecticut a few years later where they raised two children, James and Allison. After 34 years in Bethel, Deirdre retired from her job at Education Connection in Danbury and left behind many good friends, neighbors, and memories to help care for her granddaughters Liana & Maya Vivas in Sahuarita, Arizona.
Deirdre was a kindhearted soul and a caregiver with a passion for helping others throughout her life. Whether it was teaching elementary school in New Jersey, running her own daycare, counseling disabled adults, or caring for her own mother with dementia, she always showed warmth and affection for others. Her children and grandchildren were a source of much joy and she was actively involved in many of their academic and sports activities. Deirdre enjoyed traveling to new and beautiful places around the world and took away many rewarding memories she experienced with family and friends. During the last four years, she cherished her home's Arizona garden and the many birds that visited the fountain to drink.
Deirdre was preceded in death by her mother, a devoted nurse, Leora Cronin and her father, a World War II US Army Veteran, John Cronin. As well, Deirdre was also preceded in death by two loving cats, Frisky and Whisper, which she adored while living in Bethel. She is survived by her husband James C. Howarth, son James J. Howarth, daughter Allison L. Vivas, son in law Raul Ernesto Vivas and granddaughters Liana & Maya. A memorial service will be held Wednesday September 5th, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon at Green Valley Mortuary 18751 South La Canada Drive Sahuarita, AZ 85629. The family requests for any memories or notes for Deirdre's Remembrance Book be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to 637 W. Camino Tunera Sahuarita AZ 85629.
In lieu of flowers, Deirdre's family requests donations be made in support of Officer Sean Santos, a police officer in Sahuarita, Arizona and husband and father of 3 who is bravely battling stage 4 cancer. Donations may be made to Kent's Heart and Hope Foundation, PO Box 18621, Tucson, AZ 85731 c/o Officer Sean Santos Family.
Published in News Times on Sept. 3, 2018
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