2013-12-19 / Obituaries

Cornelia Pauline Howard

Cornelia “Connie” Pauline Howard was born on Dec. 10, 1917 and died on Dec. 10, 2013 at the South Fork Board and Care home in North Fork.

Connie was 96 at the time of her death. She had been ill for three months prior to her passing. Before that she lived alone in her home in Mariposa.

She is survived by her son Paul T. Howard, Patricia Howard, Paul’s wife who lives in Chico and a daughter, Diane M. Langford, who resides in Oakhurst.

Connie Howard was married to her husband Charles “Charley” Howard for 62 years, before he passed away on Dec. 9, 2005.

She worked at Lockheed Aircraft in the 1940s. She noticed Charley one day looking at her. He then asked her out and the rest is history. They were married several years later and settled in Los Angeles.

They were always active members of their church and Connie played the organ. They were members of Mariposa Lutheran Church for more than 30 years. She was also in the bell choir and active in every aspect of the church.

Connie also was a volunteer at John C. Fremont Hospital and played the piano for the Alzheimer’s patients.

She was born in Caroline, Wisc. and grew up in DePere, Wisc., where her father was pastor for the local Lutheran church.

Connie received two cello scholarships when she was 18 but decided to go to California with her best friend and see what life was like in a big city.

She spent many hours playing her favorite hymns on the piano. She was always helping someone in need. Or if they just wanted to talk she would listen for hours if necessary. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and her children.

Connie Howard really did have a wonderful life.

A memorial service is planned for 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 at Mariposa Lutheran Church.

Donations in memory of Howard can be sent to South Fork Board and Care, Attn. Sharon Nelson, 57679 Road 225, North Fork CA 93643.

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