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OBITUARY

Marion Louise Howard

November 5, 1924September 2, 2020

Marion Howard (Taylor) peacefully passed on September 2, 2020 in Lake Worth, Florida at the age of 95.

Marion is survived by her daughters, Barbara Dwyer (Thomas) of Lake Worth, Florida and Donna Arnold (Steven) of Bowling Green, Ohio; six grandchildren, Michael Dwyer (Annette), Michelle Riddle (Jessie), Jennifer D’Agostino, Travis Arnold (Jamie), Megan Arnold, and Paul Harris (Pam Krotzer); and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon, and her siblings Richard Taylor and Carol Malz.

Marion was born on November 5, 1924 in Bainbridge, Ohio to Virgil and Caroline Taylor. She graduated from Bainbridge High School and Dyke Business School. She married Vernon Howard in 1943, and the couple built their life and family on the Howard family farm. Together, they developed a registered Holstein dairy, operated the fruit orchards started by Vernon’s father, and produced maple syrup from the farm’s maple trees. Starting in 1978 Marion and Vernon spent winters in Florida, where they became involved in the citrus industry. Marion served as president of Knollwood Groves, Inc., a gift shipping business she and Vernon established with family in Boynton Beach, Florida from 1992 until 2005.

Marion was at home in the kitchen, whether it was the kitchen in the family farmhouse, or the house she and Vernon built together from the ground up in the early 80’s. She could often be found freezing or canning fresh vegetables from their gardens or creating maple displays for the Great Geauga County Fair and Geauga County Maple Festival. Marion’s most well-known skill was her pie-baking, whether it be apples, peaches, or elderberries. She found great joy in spending time with her family, passing along her kitchen wisdom to each generation of children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. She and Vernon also loved to travel and play Pinochle with their card club friends.

In addition to her devotion to her family, Marion’s legacy is her dedication to living a life of service to others and her community. She was a member of the Geauga County Fair Band, playing her saxophone with them for over 60 years, and serving as the uniform chairperson for many of those years. She played an integral role in the Geauga County Fair auxiliary from 1969-2009, holding several offices, spearheading the creation of the famous apple pie baking contest, and directing the transformation of the Domestic Arts Building into a source of pride for the county fair. She was also a member of the Bainbridge Historical Society and was actively involved in the Auburn Community Church. Vernon and Marion’s servant leadership was recognized by many organizations. They were inducted into the Geauga County Maple Syrup Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Ohio Fair Managers Hall of Fame in 2011.

There will be a private burial, with a celebration of life planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Great Geauga County Fair Foundation, PO Box 402, Burton OH 44021 or the Wood County Clover Legacy Foundation, PO Box 271 Bowling Green, OH 43402.

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Jane Davis

September 12, 2020

Vernon and Marion were neighbors and friends in Auburn. In farm bureau and Auburn Church any time we met with them they always gave us a piece of apple pie. We miss Vernon and we will miss Marion very much as well.

Lois Taylor Little

September 9, 2020

We are two of five sisters who are second cousins to Marion. Our Dad’s were first cousins, our grandpa’s were brothers. We grew up in Bainbridge with Marion. Played in the school orchestra together. Celebrated large family gatherings—-reunions together. Sister Dorothy played the piano for Marion and Vernon’s wedding. I have pics of our family get-to-gatherings when we were all kids. Later years we valued time at Burton Fair, where Marion and Vernon were so involved.
Keeping all of the family in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this very sad time.
Your cousins,
Lois Taylor Little and Janet Taylor Novak
(Sisters Dorothy, Jean and Elsa are deceased)



Steve Arnold

September 9, 2020

When Donna and I dated in high school, Mom intimidated me. Yeah, I know, I don't know why either. But it continued until after Donna and I were married. I think I never wanted to disappoint her. I hope I succeeded. I will always strive to make her proud. Last January, as we were getting ready to come back to Ohio from a 3 week visit in Florida, Mom shook her finger at me and said, "You get back there safe." What a "Marion" kind of thing!! Now, she's safe and happy with Dad.

Trish and Tom Potter

September 8, 2020

So sorry for your loss Barbara. Tom and I each lost a parent recently and it is a difficult time. Hopefully we can enjoy fellowship in the Abacos again before too long.

Stuart Seashols

September 8, 2020

What a delightful and cheerful lady she was. She Vernon were the perfect couple.
It was an honor to know her.
Stuart and Carol Seashols
Ruskin, FL

Shelly Riddle

September 8, 2020

She was always there for us and would always say yes if you asked her to do anything. She loved just spending time. I would ask her to the grocery store just for her to get out of the house and she would be waiting outside for me to get there. We spent most weekends with her and grandpa. We would regularly beat my brother and grandpa at cards since she was so good. She was an awesome cook and easy to talk to about life. She worked so hard most her life and had a soft spot for her great granddaughters who were lucky enough to play with her. I miss her.

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