The News-Examiner, 10/6/13
Renee Roberts Howell was born March 12, 1932, in Paker, Idaho, to Raymond Roscoe Roberts and Susannah Alice Beddes Roberts Haviland.
With her two siblings, Joleen and Rex, the family moved to various locations in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho, finding new friends in every location. She graduated from Fielding High School and was a baton twirler as well as a prom attendant. She was an avid gardener with beautiful flower beds surrounding her home in Fish Haven. Other avocations were complicated knitting items, beautiful handwriting, and keeping up with her many friends on the telephone, worrying and counseling with everyone.
Once her own three children were safely engaged in their own schooling, she joined the ranks of working mothers as the secretary of the Paris Middle School and later the Middle School in Montpelier for a total of 34 years. She loved the enthusiasm of the young people around her and found her “return to school” invigorating, providing her with connection to families and friends throughout the valley.
She taught, led and participated in church and civic duties throughout her life, including the Stake MIA, and in the Fish Haven Ward as Sunday School secretary, in addition to serving as a counselor and president of the Primary and Relief Society. She was most recently a director of the Fish Haven Mosquito Abatement District.
She married Leon Virgin Howell on Aug. 11, 1950 in the Logan Temple while he was on leave from the Army. Throughout her life, she followed him, supported him and drew strength from him. When she passed away on Octo 3, at Legacy House in Bountiful, Utah, she was survived by her three children, Kathi (Edwin Izatt), Craig Leon Howell and Pamela (Martin Halverson). She leaves four grandchildren, Kimberlee (Cameron Holzer), Daimian (Jennifer Parkin) Izatt, Sydnie Halverson and Mitchell Halverson. Her six great-grandchildren are Jordan, Austin and Kourtney Holzer and Logan, Cason and Raisa Izatt.
Services will be at 11 a.m. in the St. Charles LDS Chapel in St. Charles Monday, Oct. 7. Family and friends may visit on Sunday evening, Oct. 6, at Schwab-Matthews Mortuary, 702 Clay Street, Montpelier from 6 to 8 p.m. or prior to the services on Oct. 7 from 10 to 10 a.m. Interment will be in the Fish Haven Cemetery.