Virginia E. Howard, 94, passed away July 19, 2011, in Pueblo, Colo. Survived by children, Carolyn (Bill) Fishback of Edmond, Oklahoma and Anita (Mike) Morris of Encampment, Wyoming; grandchildren, Carrie (Steve) Rzasa, Tamara (Dana) Swanstrom and Ellora (Joe) Hermerding; and six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Maurice L. Howard; and two sisters. Born to Ellora O. (Eads) and Chester A. Groff on July 11, 1917, in Iberia, Missouri. Virginia married Maurice on August 4, 1940. She taught school before starting a family and then became a full-time homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, music, quilting, family camping in the mountains, baking and caring for her roses. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in the penthouse of Villa Pueblo Towers, 1111 Bonforte Blvd., with the Rev. Dr. Rick Calhoun and Chaplain Karen Burnham officiating. Memorials may be made to First United Church Memorial Fund, 310 W. 11th St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. I was so very sorry to learn about Virginia’s passing. She was a wonderful lady, I liked her alot. I am thankful she is at peace and in a much better place. I will see her again.
    My deepest sympathy entended.
    Margaret Burrell (Hair It Is)

  2. Haarvey and I send you our deep sympathy on the death of your mother. I enjoyed friendship with her through UMW and the CO-OP Class. Both your parents taught the lessons in class many times.
    She enjoyed a long, good life.
    I regret that Harvey and I are unable to attend the memorial service. Since his knee replacements and several falls the past 3 months, it is hard for him to sit very long and very slow walking. May God comfort you at this sad time, and bless, with love and peace. Adah Phelps

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