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April 12, 2014

Elizabeth Dru Howell

DUNCAN — Elizabeth Dru Howell met Jesus when she was 6 years old, and nurtured a close and loving lifelong relationship with her Savior. On March 8, 2014, she entered the gates of Heaven and now rests in peace in the eternal loving arms of her Lord and Savior.

Liz was born Oct. 27, 1937, in Duncan, to Howard and Wynonah Snider. She was a graduate of Duncan High School and attended nursing school at Oklahoma State University. At a Marine Ball, she met the love of her life, Jerry Allen Howell. They married Feb. 7, 1958, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2008.

Liz pursued her passion for creating art throughout life, and was a versatile and accomplished musician playing piano, autoharp, hammered dulcimer, and mountain dulcimer. She and Jerry were members of the musical group South Texas Folk Strings.

She enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and expanded her experiences to include European countries, while living in Libya and Iran with her husband and children. Upon retirement, she, Jerry and their canine kids became committed RV travelers.

Liz was preceded in death by her grandmother (Mama), mother, granddaughter (Katie Brockwell), husband, father, and sister Kathryn Smith.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Cynthia and Ronnie Brockwell of Converse, Texas, Lisa Howell of San Antonio, Texas, and Lahonna and Bruce Duncan of Magnolia, Texas. She has five grandchildren: April LaFee, Paul Brockwell, April Bradford, Lindsay Traber, Kyle Duncan; and seven great-grandchildren: Brittany, Zachary, Charlotte, Alexandra, Skyler, Brantley and Ally.

Mom/Gramz, you are dearly loved and will always be with us in heart and spirit.

After a short visitation at Limbaugh Funeral Home of Portland, Texas, a graveside service was held March 12, in Portland, Texas, at Palms Memorial Cemetery. Liz was laid to rest beside her beloved husband Jerry.

Words of sympathy or condolences may be left on the Limbaugh Funeral Home website.

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Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

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