Rose C. Howell

July 10, 1938December 18, 2019

Rose C. Howell, 81, died December 18, 2019 in Connecticut.

She was born Rosa Alberta Carter on July 10, 1938 in Halifax, VA to Mildred Medley and Paul Benjamin Carter. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class at the age of 16. At the age of 17 she went up north where she studied and achieved a certification in computer technology. Rose had a long and successful career with the United States Postal Service, retiring after more than 25 years of service in 2005.

Rose was known and loved as a mother to all. She was affectionately known as “Suga Babe” “Mama Rose”, “Mama Dukes” or “Ma Dukes”. She worked tirelessly to care for others, and she cultivated “family” everywhere she went. Her passion was her children and she was actively involved in their lives and the lives of their children. She loved game nights and getting together with friends and family.

Rose is survived by her sisters Louise Cannon and Ethel Barbour; her children Kelby (Lee), Kira, and Richard Todd, her grandchildren Andrew and Blake. She also leaves her stepchildren Louise Paige, Victor Howell, Vincent Howell, Diane Howell, Cecilia Pitt, Miriam Wilkins, Shayron Saunders, Irving Howell, Florence Johnson and host of step-grandchildren step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Rose is preceded in death by her sister Cleaster Hayes, her brother Paul Carter and her parents Mildred and Benjamin.


  • Visitation Monday, December 23, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, December 23, 2019


Rose C. Howell

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Martha Wallace

December 23, 2019

My Auntie....

The thought of not having you here to drive me crazy...well...drives me crazy...... I have always loved you and I am grateful to have the privilege of calling you Auntie.........I hope I will see you again someday.......

Michael & Jamie Snyder

December 22, 2019

Deep sympathy to Kira and the Howell family on the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother Rosa Howell. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult and challenging time.

Michael and Jamie Snyder, Indianapolis

Mary & Graylin Gibbs

December 21, 2019

Our condolences to the passing of your dearly beloved Mother. Rose was very dear and a very good friend to us. We shared many wonderful times together on and off the job. She truly knew how to be a friend and a wonderful hostess if you ever set foot into her home . She was a great Mother and loved her children very much. We will miss her. Your hearts are heavy , but even though you loved her, but God loved her more . Our prayer to all of you that in days , weeks, and months ahead you will find comfort in knowing that our God don’t make mistakes, but he have allowed your mother to find rest in his arms. Weeping may endure for a night , but at this time you may not be able to realize it, but Joy will come in the morning. God bless all of you.

Rashida King

December 21, 2019

Kira, Kelby and Todd, my family and I are praying for you all during this time. We send our love and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bridget Curry

December 21, 2019

She was another mom to me...always inviting me intonher home when I'd visit with Kira. Mama Dukes I will always fondly remember your smaile, laugh, and crafty spades tricks. Love and miss you always until, we see each other again!

Theresa Begley

December 20, 2019

Thinking of you and your loved ones. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.