Joanne P. Howard, 88, of Barnesville, MD, died peacefully on September 2, 2019 at the Kline Hospice House, Mt. Airy, MD.
She was the wife of the late Kenneth H. Howard.
Born on July 4, 1931, in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Selby W. and Ruth (Fisher) Preffitt.
Joanne was a fulltime housewife and farmer. She was very active at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the annual chicken and turkey dinners and funeral luncheons. She helped count money from Sunday collections every Monday morning for many years. She was a member of the Sodality and attended daily Mass.
Surviving are her children, Lynda H. Sheckles and husband Mike of Mt. Airy, MD, Rebecca H. Sterba and husband Martin of Frederick, MD; two sisters, Mary F. Beavers and husband Don of TX, Kathleen McVearry and husband Mike of Bowie, MD; two brothers, Richard Preffitt and wife Nancy of MO, Stephen Preffitt and wife Teresa of North Potomac, MD; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Joanne was preceded in death by one daughter, Teresa Cooper and one son, Kenneth Wayne Howard.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 8, from 3-5 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday September 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville. A reception will follow in the church pavilion. Interment will take place at 1:30 PM in Forest Oak Cemetery, Gaithersburg, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 67, Barnesville, MD 20838 or the American Lung Association (www.lung.org).