Martha L. Howatt (1920 - 2016)

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Martha L. Howatt, age 95, of Delaware, Ohio, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016.
She was born in DuBois, Pa., on Nov. 3, 1920, to Clara A. and Harry C. Lowe.
She attended school in DuBois and graduated from DuBois High School in the class of 1938.
She married John "Jack" Howatt with whom she had three children. To her friends and family, she was lovingly known as "Mimi."
Martha worked many years for the family business, Lowe's Music Store. When her children were grown, she pursued a college education and graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She retired as Christian Education Director of Zion Lutheran Church in Phoenixville, Pa.
Her love of music followed her all of her life; from singing on her radio show "Marlo" on WCED radio in DuBois, to years as the junior choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church, and in later years, her passion for beautiful music remained steadfast.
She was an accomplished seamstress and created many costumes, prom and wedding gowns, and ornate quilts throughout her life. She also volunteered her time as an active Girl Scout troop leader in DuBois.
Martha (Mimi) was preceded in death by: her husband, Jack; her great-granddaughter, Marguerite "Maggie" Stewart; her sister, Mary Jane (Lowe) Oermann; and her brothers, Cornelius, Charles, and Luther Lowe.
She is survived by her children, Chris Hladon, Ande (John) Stewart, and Doug (Annette Caruso) Howatt; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her brother, Bill (Gail Anne) Lowe; and her sister, Ruth Lowe Billett.
Her cheerful smile and unmatched generous heart will be cherished by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held in DuBois on Sept. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Chapel.
Published in The Courier Express on Aug. 23, 2016
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