MANSFIELD, Ohio: Elma D. Howard, 76, died Tuesday, March 02, 2010 in Liberty Nursing Center after an extended illness.
Ms. Howard was born June 13, 1933 to the late Dan and Beatrice Taylor Hafford, Sr. in Brownsville, Tennessee and had lived in Mansfield, Ohio the past 56 years.
She was a former employee of the Independent Towel Company and a member of the New Beginnings Full Gospel Baptist Church.
Elma is survived by two sons, Christopher A. Howard of Akron, Ohio and Jeffrey (Lisa) Howard, Sr. of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren; one great grandson; two brothers, Dan Hafford, Jr. of Mansfield, and John (Angela) Hafford of Akron; two sisters, Dr. Bobbie (Dr. Reginald) Baugh, and Maxine McDowell both of Ann Arbor, Michigan and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to her parents, Elma was also preceded in death by two brothers, Oliver Tony Hafford, and Joe Hafford; and two sisters, Laverne Martin, and Beatrice Bond.
Friends may call Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Ruth Anna Lee Williams Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Service where the family will be present.
A graveside service will be held in Mansfield Cemetery immediately following the viewing with Bishop Melvin Griffin of the Ressurection Ministries Of All The Peoples Church of Columbus officiating. www.williamsfuneralservices.com