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December 16, 2013

Joan ‘Jodie’ Allen Howe

July 31, 1925 — Dec. 4, 2013

DUNCAN — Longtime Duncan resident Joan “Jodie” Allen Howe passed away Dec. 4, 2013, after a short illness. She was living in Tennessee close to her son and daughter-in-law.

Jodie was born to Horace and Ima Allen on July 31, 1925, in Duncan. They preceded her in death, as well as her brother, Hank Allen Jr.

She married Dr. George Guinn Howe on March 26, 1945, in Duncan. They had two children: Heather Radford and Jeff Howe. Dr. Howe preceded her in death, as well as two sons-in-law: Doug McCain and Ira Radford.

Mrs. Howe grew up in the First Christian Church in Duncan, where she attended until her marriage. She and Dr. Howe attended the First United Methodist Church of Duncan as a family.

Jodie was an avid golfer and original member of the Cull’s Bridge Club. She also was a member of the P.E.O. organization. After Dr. Howe’s retirement, the couple spent many years living part time in Colorado, enjoying the mountains, and part time in Duncan, enjoying their children and grandchildren.

She leaves behind her children: Heather Radford of Freemont, N.C., and Jeff Howe and wife Suzanne of South Fork, Colo.

She was a proud grandma of five grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Most called her Grandma, but some called her GiGi. There is no doubt she touched the lives of all of them.

The family of Mrs. Howe wishes to thank Sue Mercer, a friend and caregiver, for all she did above and beyond the usual care given to a loved one.

Private service at a later date will be held. Condolences may be sent to Heather Radford, 1081 Norwayne School Road, Freemont, N.C. Donations should be sent to the charity of your choosing.

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