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Alice Howie

Alice Aileene Howie was born on March 3, 1935 to Merrill Donald and Ruth Agnes (Harbold) Skinner in Mills County, Iowa. She was the youngest of three children. She passed away on March 3, 2018 at the Monroe Care Center surrounded by family and loving staff.

Alice graduated from Redding High School where she was a cheerleader and her future husband, Lowell, was a basketball player. She married Lowell Duane Howie on January 25, 1955 and to this union one child was born, Cindy (Howie) Johnson. The family resided in Redding and enjoyed the small community of family and friends. They were members of the Redding United Methodist Church.

In 1971, Lowell, Alice and Cindy moved to Mount Ayr where Alice started working as a nurse’s aide for Clearview Nursing Home and continued for over 30 years. She worked weekends even after "retirement" because she enjoyed the residents and fellow employees. Alice’s work ethic was exceptional…no matter the weather or her aches and pains you could count on her being at work. Almost every day we can remember, she went in to work over an hour early to read patient notes and be ready for the day.

After Lowell passed away in 2007, Alice moved to Ankeny, Iowa to be close to her family where she lived for five years. After declining health prevented her from living alone, she moved to Monroe Care Center in Albia, Iowa.

Two of Alice’s most precious gifts in life were her two granddaughters, Amanda (McCurdy) and Alana (Hutchinson). She loved cooking for them, playing cards and generally spoiling them anytime she had the opportunity. She loved spending family time with Cindy, Scott, Amanda and Alana, as well as extended family and friends. All of Lowell’s siblings and spouses were very special to her and she loved visits around the kitchen table, having a cup of coffee. Some of our favorite memories include her beef and noodles, sweet tea, chocolate pudding and her famous "ugly (lemon) cake", as well of hours and hours of playing Canasta.

Later in life, her precious gifts included three great grandchildren, Cavan and Maeve (McCurdy) and Jack (Hutchinson) and they all called her "GG". When in the nursing home, Alice loved her visits from her great grandchildren. She especially enjoyed giving Baby Jack rides on her lap up and down the halls in her wheelchair. His visits were so frequent that at just over one year old, he could walk down the long hall and pick the right room where "GG" resided.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Cindy (Scott) Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa; grandchildren Amanda (Kasey) McCurdy of Superior, Colorado and Alana (Jess) Hutchinson of Lovilia, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Cavan and Maeve McCurdy and Jack Hutchinson; brother Donald Skinner of Arizona; sisters-in-law Jean Howie of Mount Ayr and Delores (Jim) Moody of Port Angeles, Washington; brother-in-law LeRoy Howie of East McKeesport, Pennsylvania; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 52 years, Lowell, her sister, Colleene Saville; sisters-in-law Aleine Taylor and Joanne Howie; brothers-in-law Virgil Howie, Sam Taylor and Algie Saville; her niece Vickie Saville; and nephews James Howie, Terry Howie and Lanny Howie.

A memorial fund has been established for the Redding Cemetery.

Services: 10:30 a.m. – Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr
Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Open Viewing: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tues, March 6
Family Present: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tues, March 6, all at the Armstrong Funeral Home
Burial: Redding Cemetery - Redding, IA
Memorials: Established for the Redding Cemetery

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I know that this is terribly late, but was just updating genealogy and learned of Alice's death. I am so sorry to hear of it especially at this late date. I am the nephew of Colleen and Algie (Treva Saville's son). I do wish that I had known that Alice was in Albia since I only live 10 miles of there. Please accept my utmost sympathy at your loss.

Bill Hansen Sep 19 2018 12:00 AM

Was do sad to hear of the death of Alice, knew her my whole life, she was a friend of mine. R.I.P. Alice.

LOU THORNTON Mar 12 2018 12:00 AM

We are sorry to learn of Alice's death. We appreciate her work at Clearview, where my mother lived. We look forward to seeing her alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Mar 7 2018 12:00 AM

Cindy, Scott, Amanda and Alana, We are so very sorry to hear of Alice's passing. We didn't get to know her for all that long but we knew how much she meant to your family. She was fun to be around-we enjoyed seeing her at the family gatherings. She sure had a good time at Jack's birthday party, so glad she could make it. We will be thinking of your family. Although the loss is tough to handle, all the good memories help to ease the pain in your heart. God bless.

Dave & Melinda Hutchinson Mar 6 2018 12:00 AM

Blessings to all your Family, Cindy. Alice inspired me, as she was the best neighbor us " in-town" folks could have. Loved to see her walk for better health. During an ice storm I took her warm coffee since electricity was out...fresh brewed in the fireplace, it hit the spot...loved how her eyes lit to have coffee delivered by a neighbor! I miss her often. Your Pop was a Champ, also. My Mother- in- law was Berneice Baker/Bagley HUGS & All good things

Anonymous Mar 6 2018 12:00 AM

Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim. ~ Vicki Harrison We know that the first year will be the worst one & offer your Family any assistance that our Family can give, you need but ask. Love to all, The Olney Family

The Olney Family Mar 6 2018 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of caring for sweet Alice at the Monroe Care Center. I had a very special bond with her. She was one of the sweetest and I will never forget her or her beautiful smile. Rest in peace sweet one. Prayers for her family.

Nichole Wells Mar 6 2018 12:00 AM

Cindy, Scott & extended family. We send our deepest condolences. Please know that you are thought of at this difficult time. Prayers.

Bryan Noble & Tim Burgess Mar 6 2018 12:00 AM

Cindy and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. It is very hard to lose the first person who loved you!. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Diane

Diane Case Mar 5 2018 12:00 AM