McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC


Muriel Jean "Rusty" Howe

October 3, 1924September 29, 2019

Muriel Jean Howe, of Charlotte, NC, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019, at her home. She was 94 years old.

A native of Jamaica, Queens, NY, and a longtime resident of Pearl River, NY, Rusty was a daughter of the late John and Dorothy Blackeby. She graduated as a registered nurse from Brooklyn Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, and spent her nursing career working in the office of Drs. Cassara, Porcelli and Dobson, and later Dr. Spinak. She and her nursing skills were well loved and appreciated by all of her patients. She was a lifelong member of Jamaica Methodist Church and Pearl River United Methodist Church. Rusty was always willing and eager to take on any adventure. She enjoyed dancing, sewing, reading and golfing, and spending time with her family at the St. Lawrence River.

In addition to her parents, Rusty was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Howe, Jr., and two brothers, John R. Blackeby and William Thomas Blackeby.

She is survived by her children, Leon W. Howe III and wife, Dianne, of Charlotte, NC, Nancy Kreutzer and husband, Bruce, of Orlando, FL, Dorothy Suri and husband, Sanjeev, of Westlake, OH, and Thomas Howe and wife, Janna, of Cornwall, NY; her grandchildren, Jennifer Kreutzer Ogle and husband, Alex, Kevin Kreutzer and wife, Natasha, Sachin and Sonya Suri; and her great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Ashley, Carter Ogle and Mackenzie Kreutzer. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews of the Sutton, Nehrbass and Blackeby families.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 7:00 until 8:30 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Mint Hill. A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Thursday, in the funeral home chapel. Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn East Cemetery Mausoleum in Matthews.

The family offers their grateful appreciation to Novant Health Palliative and Hospice Care for guidance, support and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Novant Health Hospice, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233-3549 or Pearl River United Methodist Church, 130 Franklin Avenue, Pearl River, NY 10965.


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 3, 2019


Muriel Jean "Rusty" Howe

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Michael Kroemer

October 3, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
The Kroemers

Richard & Florence Cunningham

October 2, 2019

We are very sorry to hear of Rusty's passing. We remember her from Dr, Cassara's office. She worked many years with my mother Jackie Fish and was a pleasure to talk with.
Condolences to her family.

Robert Blackeby

October 1, 2019

Muriel will always be aunt Rusty to me. My sister Denise and I always looked forward to going to Pearl River to visit when we were young kids. I particularly remember a family reunion we had in their big back yard. We send our condolences and prayers to Nancy, Leon (Skip) and their families..
Bob and Sandra Blackeby