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Mary Rachel (Gordon) Howard, of Anderson, left earth for eternal glory on March 18, 2017, at 94.
Born Jan. 22, 1923, to Nellie (Hilts) and Calmer Gordon in Springfield, Ohio, she moved to Anderson, Ind., at age three and attended Anderson public schools.
She moved to Emporia in her senior year and graduated from Markleville High School in 1941. She then graduated from Anderson Business College.
She married Charles Merriman Howard, on Nov. 6, 1943, in McCook, Neb., where Charles was stationed.
The Howards raised their family in Anderson. Upon retirement, they split their time between their farm in Jennings County and Fort Myers, Fla., returning to Anderson in 2002.
Mary Rachel was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church where she was actively involved in Women's ministries, served on boards, in choir, as a teacher with Sunday school, youth and girl's Guild. She was employed by Delco Remy and Sears Roebuck.
Mary Rachel was a member of a women's Guild, Love One Another (LOA) which formed during junior high and continues still. She was an author, artist and accomplished seamstress.
Mary Rachel is survived by children, the Rev. Joyce Gaunt of Anderson, Nancy (Larry) Bond of Middletown, Tom (Valli) Howard of Nampa, Idaho, and Margie Howard, Kitty Griffith of Indianapolis; nine grandchildren, Julie Johnston, Anderson, Todd Gaunt, Michigan, Andy Gaunt, Indianapolis, Lori Cross, New Washington, Ben Bond, Elwood, Susan Robarge, Seattle, Wash., John Howard, Great Britain, and Jennifer Keidel, Seattle, Wash.; sister, Barbara "Bobbie" Dobbs of Florida; 28 great- grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Marvin Gordon; husband, Charles Merriman Howard; grandson, Charles Bond; great-grandson, Samuel Johnston; and great- granddaughter, Amelia Howard.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Anderson. Burial will follow in East Maplewood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be given to First Baptist Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.
Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service is handling the service arrangements.
Post online condolences at www.rozelle-johnson.com.
Published on March 21, 2017
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