Velma “Vicki” J. Howard, 85, died on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Newton Presbyterian Manor.
She was born on August, 19, 1930, the daughter of Augusta (Dalke) and John R. Klassen in Hillsboro, Kansas.
She married Joe L. Howard on September 15, 1950 in Newton, KS at the First Baptist Church. He preceded her in death on November 22, 1999.
Vicki retired from her clerical position after many years of service at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita. She had also worked at Newton Recreation Center in the office, and was a former teacher’s aide with USD 373 of Newton.
There were many activities and hobbies in Vicki’s life, and never a dull moment. She was very giving and helpful. Vicki donated many hours of her time to community service projects within the Newton community such as the Newton Library, Kaufman Museum of North Newton, Newton Medical Center, the American Red Cross, and Asbury Park. In 2003, she received the Woman of the Year Award for Community and Civic Service.
The church was a big part of her life as well. She held her membership with Trinity Heights United Methodist Church and was a part of the United Methodist Women’s Groups and the quilting group. She had also served her church on several mission trips to Guatemala and McCurdy, New Mexico.
If there was an activity to be done, Vicki was a part of it. She lived a very active life style and experienced as much as life as she could. She was known for delicious pies, and her love for playing bridge, pinochle, and square dancing, to name a few. Vicki had a strong support of friends and family. They will miss her presence dearly.
Survivors include two sons, Jeff and wife Tracy Howard, Garden Plain, Greg and wife Margaret Howard, Chesterfield, MO; daughter, Priscilla and husband Steve Webb, Newton; brother, Ken Klassen and wife Meredith, Portland, TX; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband and two sisters, Viola Leighton and Virginia Brown.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 17th from 1:00-8:00 P.M. with the family greeting from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be on Monday, July 18th, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton. Burial will be held at Restlawn Garden of Memories.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Heights United Methodist Church or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of the funeral home at 120 E Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.