Oct 162013

Mary Howard, 72, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Funeral services were held Oct. 15 at the First Baptist Church in Winslow. Interment followed at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
She was born in Tolani Lake on Oct. 3, 1941, and was raised primarily by her older sister, Eva Billy.
When Mary was about 4 years old, she would follow her sister Eva to work, waiting patiently on the doorstep daily for her older sister. She was placed in school there; that probably was the beginning of Head Start on the Navajo Reservation. She spoke of going to school at Tolani Lake, Intermountain School, Brigham City, Utah, later she finished high school, and took training in nursing.
She was a homemaker; her eight children kept her busy and she did a good job at raising them.
Mary loved beading, and working with silver and making jewelry. She enjoyed traveling, selling her arts and crafts to California.
Wherever she went she got to know and made new friends. She especially enjoyed going to church and revivals all over the Navajo Reservation, and throughout the surrounding states.
Mary had a beautiful, kind and generous spirit. She was always willing to help and give to anyone in need. She was a wonderful wife, a loving mother, an amazing grandmother, and also a trusting friend. She will be missed dearly. Her last words were “I am going to Heaven.”
Survivors include her husband, Donald Howard, Sr.; six daughters, Lavena Abeita, Berlinda Wilson, Bernita Begay, Sophina Begay, Alphina Williams and Donna Rualo; one son, Donald Howard Jr.; two sisters, Eva Billy and Eleanor Kelly; two brothers, Roy Wilson and Robert Wilson; 19 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She helped raised her grandchildren Lori Monroe, Donavon Abeita and April M. Sales, and a young man who came into our lives, Joey Ward.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Tollie Wilson; her sister, Mary Jane Goodman; two brothers, Kenneth Wilson Sr. and Alvin Wilson; her daughter, Laura Abeita; her grandson, Tully Y. Monroe; her granddaughter, Lucinda Sales; and her great-grandson, Vincent H. Sales.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.MaryHoward