Posted By RichC on January 17, 2017
My mother-in-law passed away last week … or as my good friend Pastor Keith Thomas (groupbiblestudy.com) said, "graduated." The word choice is very fitting for Mom Howard considering she has been a lifelong Christian and loved studying and memorizing the Bible. She has been looking forward to "graduating" from this temporary life on earth to an eternal one with her Lord and Savior … and loved ones like her lifelong husband, "Freddy" for a long time.
As a family, we are thankful to have had her "faith, warmth and positive spirit" for so many years. She was an huge influence on her four children and ten grandchildren and guided them with Christian values as they grew into independent thinkers and adults. Most in the family would say their "grandmother/mom was one of a kind," but she left her unique imprinted on each one. Her many positive character traits (and perhaps to outsiders, a few of her peculiar ways) have been passed down to those close to her. I recognize her personality and way of doing things in Brenda and her sisters (and now even in-laws grandchildren!) From the quirkily to the very admirable attributes, she left a lasting impact on us all. I am very blessed to have been loved so much by MomH (and that is definitely the correct word). During the last 10 or so years, we’ve had the privilege of returning a little of that love and caring for her (and DadH) as they grew older. I could not have asked for a more loving mother and father-in-law and am thankful to have had them both in my life for so many years. We are happy for her that she is home.
Frances Ann Louise Howard, 87, of 2623 Black Hoof Trail, Milford, Ohio, passed away in her home at 12:35 PM on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Frances was born to Hildur (Johansen) and Fritz Emmanual Holmstrom on April 18, 1929 in Jamestown, NY and married her late husband Dr. Frederick A. Howard on July 23, 1949. They were life-long residents of Jamestown, New York.
Frances is survived by her three daughters, Christine (Jerry) Skinner of Milford, OH, Brenda (Rich) Corbett of Liberty Township, OH, Ann (Gary) Gerber of Alpharetta, GA and daughter-in-law Lynda Howard of Bemus Point, NY. She was preceded in death by her son Dr. Mark A. (Lynda) Howard, brother Dr. Fritz Holmstrom and sister Viola Boy. She loved her 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren: David (Rachel) Skinner parents of Nollie and Bruno, Benjamin (Emily) Skinner parents of Liev, Madison (Nathan) Kling, Dr. Justin (Katie) Howard parents of Madelyn and Evan, Dr. Aaron (Dr. Lauren) Howard, Jacquelyn (Ben) Wickerham, Dr. Katelyn (Dr. Drew) Oostra, Taylor Corbett, Jessica Gerber and Sarah Gerber.