Born on August 7th 1924 in Lamar Arkansas. She passed away June 25th 2020 at 5:05 p.m. in her home at Peninsula Retirement Community in Gig Harbor Washington. She was 95 years old. She was preceded in death by her mother Laura Kay Davis of Seattle and Harry Simon Howard of Seattle, her husband of 62 years.
In her childhood she lived in Lamar until she was 12. After the Depression she lived with her grandmother and cousins as her mother needed to work away from home to help the family. This was very hard on Jean but she had a very close relationship with her mother all through her adult life. Laura and Jean moved to Sapulpa, Oklahoma when she was 12. She finished out her school years there at Sapulpa High School. She was the band major at the school and enjoyed all of her time at school. She met her husband, Harry, when she was 18. They were married in Sapulpa. Within several years they moved to California during the Exodus of the Great Dust Bowl. During their life in Los Angeles California she had her 1st and 2nd children, Harry Dean and Linda Jean. They live together with Harry's mother for several years in California in the area which is now Watts. During those years they enjoyed taking the trolley to the ocean and spending time together as a family on the beach. Her mother Laura and her husband moved to Seattle in 1947. After that move she wrote Jean a letter and told her " You need to come to Seattle. I can't live without you and my grand kids. Tell Harry he can go fishing every day. There are so many salmon you can almost walk on them!" My parents moved to North Seattle in the Haller Lake area. They live the 1st 5 years in this home. She had her 3rd child, Michael Wayne, in this home then moved to their home in the Roosevelt District where they had their 4th son, Russell Dean.They lived for an additional 50 years In this home.
Jean was a homemaker and a mom her whole young life. She and her mother enjoy taking the kids to Green Lake and out for root beer floats at A&W. As the years passed Jean got a part time job working at Penney's at Northgate. She eventually became the assistant office manager of the credit department. She loved her job and the independence it gave her. As years passed, she and Harry learned to golf. They enjoyed many retirement years golfing at the beautiful courses all around Washington. During retirement Harry was stricken with Alzheimer's. This caused them to move to a retirement community of North Haven and 2002. They had many good times there with the friends they met at North Haven. The family visited often and had family get together's. Harry passed away in 2006 and after several years Jean decided to move to Gig Harbor to be close to her family. She lived at Peninsula Retirement Community for 7 years. She enjoyed her time there but mostly she enjoyed being with her family and friends. She will be missed by many and especially her family. They were very dear to her and her whole life was about loving and being together with them. She will be laid to rest at Evergreen Washelli in Seattle with her husband of many years, Harry, on July 11th 2020 at 1:00 p.m..
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