OBITUARY

Theresa "Tessie" Alto Howard

September 27, 1924April 3, 2019
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Theresa Alto “Tessie” Reece Howard Born September 27, 1924, passed away in her sleep April 3rd at home in Darrington, WA. The third child of 8, born to Ab and Loretta Reece, she learned to work hard and play equally as hard-never losing her “spirit of adventure”. Tessie was preceded in death by all her siblings. Married in 1944 to Clinton N. Howard (deceased in 2006). Tessie leaves behind her children: Theresa Holm; Roy Howard and wife, Katy, of Anchorage, AK; Connie Bryson of Darrington; Darlene Nonemaker and husband, Sam, of Darrington along with 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. A lifelong Darrington resident, Tessie retired from a 26 year career as rural route mail carrier. Her love of community was shown by volunteering to serve as Darrington Fire District Commissioner; Secretary of the Mountain View Baptist Church; long time member of the Darrington Cemetery association, but her favorite organization was the Darrington Historical Society of which Tessie was a founding charter member. With a “giving” spirit no amount of extra work kept Tessie from providing hospitality to family and friends needing a place to stay until they could get back on their feet financially or health wise or otherwise. Our family would like to offer special thanks to the daytime caregivers, Hazel, Jenny, Vianne, Lisa, and Alison. A very special thank you to Clinton, Theresa's grandson, who dedicated himself to his grandmother's care, for the past 3 1/2 years.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Reception Friday, April 19, 2019
REMEMBERING

Theresa "Tessie" Alto Howard

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Renee Howard

April 19, 2019

As a kid I loved visiting my grandparents, Tessie and Clinton when we had the chance. Some of my favorite summer memories are of spending time in Darrington with them during the summer. There was no shortage of biscuits and gravy, strawberry preserves and good home cooking from Grandma. I loved playing her piano, admiring her collection of dolls, watching the humming birds from her kitchen window. I will never forget the BB gun by the kitchen table to defend the property (from the blue jays if I remember correctly...an ongoing battle of sorts. Ha!). Grandma had a huge heart and was also a tough and capable woman. I loved her stories, the stray neighbor kids she seemed to adopt and the occasional pet cat that was around. I loved her long time friends and all the family that stopped in every day to chat. I loved the relics in her house, the stories she had about days gone by and our drives out to the prairie. Tessie and Clinton never forgot about us in Alaska - they sent us generous boxes of garden bounty and preserves. I still remember the taste of her pickled beets and the tasty strawberries she'd have sitting on the kitchen table. It felt like home to me. Growing up in Alaska where all our extended family lived far away - this was a special treat. I will always remember Tessie and her love of family and my time with her.

Judy O'Connor

April 14, 2019

Tessie was such a huge part of our community and touched so many lives throughout the years. She will be missed most by her family and I pray their memories of happier times will fill their hearts, but all of us who knew Tessie and her quick smile and infectious laugh will miss her always. Memory Eternal, Rest In Peace Tessie, your work here is done.

Linda Parker

April 14, 2019

Tessie always had a smile. Always had time for everyone. Will never forget her as our "mail lady". She tolerated Darlene and me for lunch on occasion during our Senior Year. Would take turns at different students homes for lunch. She was a peach of a lady. Rest in peace Tessie.

Pat Szekely

April 11, 2019

So many memories, the smell of flowers and southern cooking. Clinton teasing us, the hugs from Tessie, the giggles, the love, my second home, my happiest home. I will miss you and Clinton for the rest of my life and I also promise you I will love your daughter Connie for all of my days. Goodbye for now I hope to see you and Clinton in heaven someday. Give him a kiss for me, keep him in line until I get there. Be at peace.

Mary Jean {Bubbles} Brown

April 10, 2019

Tessie was my favorite aunt!!! She was always so loving joyfull & full of smiles! You will be missed!!

Darlene Nonemaker

April 8, 2019

It was a pleasure to administer care , love, and most of all my time in moms last years. It was an honor to care for her needs as she had cared for her children and others in need. She was also grateful for the time and devotion her grandson Clint shoed to her spending massive hours in her presence and learning much about his grandmother and many humorous times. Serenading with the guitar which she loved. Rest in peace. I love you mom. Darlene

Mary E Nations

April 7, 2019

Tessi was a special lady. She always had a smile and a good word for you. I was blessed to take her for some appointments down below. We had great visits and she will be missed.

ViAnne Sargent

April 7, 2019

My Aunt Tessie was a wonderful lady. I was very lucky in the past few years to spend many days laughing with her and her telling me stories about our family. She loved sitting by her pond and telling me all a bout her flowers. I will cherish every day I had with her.
My heart goes out to her family, she will be missed.

angie brown

April 7, 2019

My sympathies to the whole family! Knowing her and her family has been a real joy!! The humor, smiles, and laughter the family inherited from her are Treasurable!! RIP sweet lady.

Vera Evans

April 7, 2019

Sending Love and Prayers to Family. I have known Tessie all my life. Beautiful lady inside and out. My heartfelt condolence to all....

FROM THE FAMILY
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Tessie Reece about 1942

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Cousin Ron Adams, Betty and Tessie on the right

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Tessie "Sweet Sixteen"

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Graduation 1942

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Graduation 1942

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Fun in Seattle-1945 with Jack Faucett, Helen Rasar, Tessie and Clinton

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Dad and Darlene 1951

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Clinton in the foreground with Tessie, Artis and Chuck

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Lauretta Reece and her children: Front row Left to right Clinton, Alden, Anthony, Monty
Back row Left to right-Lauretta, Joan, Artis, Tessie and Jackie
About 1952