Anita Faye Howard
December 8, 1930 – March 5, 2020
Anita Faye Howard, age 89 of Liberty, Indiana, and Eaton, Ohio for the past 15 years, passed away on March 5, 2020 at Woodland Country Manor in Somerville, OH. She was born December 8, 1930 in Richmond, Indiana to Byron B. and Della M. Nickels.
Anita Faye was a 1949 graduate of Short High School in Liberty. She married her high school sweetheart, Ormsby (Dick) L. Howard in 1950. She worked at Hahn’s Jewelry Store in Liberty and at Union County National Bank where she quit to go home to be with her husband who was in the Air Force. When he was released, they returned to Liberty to live in the home he had built. Their daughter, Pamela Kay, was born in 1957 and they became active in the Liberty Methodist Church. Anita Faye was Mother Advisor of the Liberty Rainbow Girls for 13 years and manager of the West End Savings Bank in Liberty for 23 years. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Anita Faye enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed the Sunday dinners with family, sharing a meal with friends, and many visits from her grandkids.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Kay Deaton and Ron Deaton, of Eaton, OH. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren Matthew (Shauna) Deaton, Bradley Deaton, Brian (Kristi) Deaton, Vince (Emily) Deaton, Lori (Alex) Schwanitz, and Katelyn (Drew) Myers. Anita Faye was a proud great grandmother to 13 great-grandchildren, including Mallory, Delaney, Julianne, and Karina Deaton, Grant, Molli, Jenna, Rhett, and Clark Deaton, Gunner and Raelynn Deaton, and Olive and Macklin Schwanitz. She is also survived by her younger sister, Marcia Kay Nickels, of Cincinnati. Anita Faye was very proud of Marcia Kay’s accomplishments in music. Anita is survived by a sister in-law Barbara Howard.
Anita Faye was beloved Aunt Faye to Rita (Jay) Ewing, Ron (Linda) Coffman, Reed Alan Coffman, Renee (Tad) Van Winkle, Jessica (Ryan) Jones, Drew (Kristen) Ewing, Shane (Christyanne) Coffman, Myra (Mario) LaMantia, Julie Coffman, Kevin (Rena) Coffman, Kristy (Justin) Frasher, Marilyn Ritter, Sue Ritter, Sharon Ritter, Skip Ritter, David (Karen) Howard, Penny Howard, Amy Howard, Jeff (Sharon) Howard, Randy (Ginny) Greiner, Shawn (Wakako) Greiner, and Loree Crowe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Howard, her parents, her sister, Ruth Evelyn Coffman, and brother-in-law, Roy Coffman, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jane and Norman Ritter, brother-in-law, James Howard, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marian and James Greiner. She was also preceded in death by her darling younger great niece, Natalie Ewing Bales, and niece, Letha Coffman.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, with Pastor Scott Bell of Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. Friends may visit the Funeral Home Tuesday, March 10, 2020, from 4-7 p.m. and Wednesday, March 11 from 10 a.m. till service time of service. Burial will follow in West Point Cemetery, in Liberty, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to Union County Cancer Society and Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church.
- Visitation Tuesday, March 10, 2020
- Visitation Wednesday, March 11, 2020
- Funeral Service Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Anita Faye Howard
March 27, 2020
Dear Pam, Ron and family,
Sending loving thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your dear mom, mother-in-law and grandma.... and great grandma!
Anita Faye was always so loving and kind and I have so many fond memories of her as a wonderful mother advisor in Rainbow Girls.
She was indeed a mother to many!!
Praying for you in this great loss. But also rejoicing that she is now free from pain and dancing in heaven with Jesus!
Pam Deaton Hamilton
(Ron’s little sister)
Mary and Wade Gentry
March 11, 2020
Pam and family,
Just saw where your mother passed. So sorry to hear this. Your mother was such a wonderful lady whom everyone she knew loved her. Please know you all are in our prayers and thoughts! Love and miss you all.
Mary Ann and Wade
March 9, 2020
Pam, Ron and family, it is with heavy hearts Karen and I send our deepest sympathies. Aunt Faye was always caring whenever the Howard kids would visit, always offering her famous macaroni and cheese, yum!
It was so nice to visit with her almost two years ago with Jeff as she showed interest in both our families.
It was my privilege to lead her and Uncle Dick to accept the Lord before he passed so you can find comfort in knowing they both are rejoicing in Heaven. Hallelujah! May God wrap His loving arms around you and may you find His strength to lean on.
David & Karen Howard
March 6, 2020
Anita Faye was such a dear, wonderful lady. Our neighbor growing up, church friend, and my Rainbow Girls Mother Advisor for 10 years. I loved her very much. She is back with her love, Dick.🌈❤️