Dolores C. Howard

November 13, 1927May 9, 2019

NEW IBERIA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted for Dolores C. Howard, age 91, at 10:30 am on Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Fr. William Blanda officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Family Mausoleum.

Visitation will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Sunday with a Rosary at 6:00 pm. The funeral home will reopen at 8:00 am on Monday until service time.

A native of Salem, IL and resident of Broussard, Mrs. Howard passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Camelot of Broussard Assisted Living.

Dolores was a kind and caring woman who worked hard in life to raise her family and grow a business. She and her late husband, John, married in Salem, IL in the mid 1940's and followed the Oil Field around the United States until finally settling in New Iberia. In 1955 they successfully established and ran Howard Trucking.. During that same time, she was also raising her six children. Dolores was a loving, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She adored her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was proud of each and every one. She looked at her family as her greatest accomplishment in life. Dolores will be truly and deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. She was the epitome of class, beauty, love, and gracefulness

She is survived by her children, John M. Howard and wife Phyllis of Broussard, Van J. Howard and wife Todi of Youngsville, Stephen C. Howard and wife Kathleen of Broussard, Kara H. Kirkpatrick and husband Steven of Youngsville, Jennifer H. Hebert and husband Tommy, of Lafayette, and Keith P. Howard of Lafayette; sisters, Betty Lewis of Mountain Home, AR and Dorene Cox of Salem, IL; grandchildren, John Michael Howard, Marc Howard, Elizabeth Webster, Van Howard, Jr., Stacey Mula, Loreal Migues, Kyle Howard, Brent Howard, Candace Broussard, Katie Kirkpatrick, Brittany Kirkpatrick, Cody Kirkpatrick, Ryan Kirkpatrick, Christine Miller, and Skye Williamson; and twenty-six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Clinton Howard; parents, Van and Dora Costilow; brother, Van Costilow, Jr.; and sister, Faye Gardner.

Pallbearers will be Van Howard, Stephen Howard, Keith Howard, John Michael Howard, Cody Kirkpatrick, Ryan Kirkpatrick, Van Howard, Jr., and Marc Howard.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Howard and Dillon Miller.

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Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.


  • John M. Howard & Phyllis, Son
  • Van J. Howard & Todi, Son
  • Stephen C. Howard & Kathleen, Son
  • Kara H. Kirkpatrick & Steven, Daughter
  • Jennifer H. Hebert & Tommy, Daughter
  • Keith P. Howard, Son
  • John Michael Howard, Grandchild
  • Marc Howard, Grandchild
  • Elizabeth Webster, Grandchild
  • Van Howard, Jr., Grandchild
  • Stacey Mula, Grandchild
  • Loreal Migues, Grandchild
  • Kyle Howard, Grandchild
  • Brent Howard, Grandchild
  • Candace Broussard, Grandchild
  • Katie Kirkpatrick, Grandchild
  • Brittany Kirkpatrick, Grandchild
  • Cody Kirkpatrick, Grandchild
  • Ryan Kirkpatrick, Grandchild
  • Christine Miller, Grandchild
  • Syke Williamson, Grandchild
  • Betty C. Lewis, Sister
  • Dorene C. Cox, Sister
  • John Clinton Howard, Husband
  • Van & Dora Costilow, Father & Mother
  • Van Costilow, Jr., Brother
  • Faye C. Gardner, Sister
  • Mrs. Howard also leaves behind to cherish her memory twenty six great grandchildren.

  • Van Howard
  • Stephen Howard
  • Keith Howard
  • John Michael Howard
  • Cody Kirkpatrick
  • Ryan Kirkpatrick
  • Van Howard, Jr.
  • Marc Howard
  • John Howard, Honorary
  • Dillion Miller, Honorary


  • Visitation Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Rosary Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2019
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Monday, May 13, 2019


Dolores C. Howard

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Nancy Spratt

May 12, 2019

It’s hard to say goodbye to Aunt Dolores. Her lively spirit, graciousness, and incredible sense of humor always drew me to her. I’m sad that she is gone, but every memory I have will always bring a smile to my face and a feeling of joy. Aunt Dolores was truly one of a kind.


Mona Perry Viator

May 11, 2019

Though I am heartbroken, I am taken comfort in knowing that not only does my mother have her best friend at her side, but that the Perrys and Howards are celebrating once again as couples, in Heaven.

Tracy Spratt

May 10, 2019

A beautiful lady inside and out. I have many great memories of Aunt Dolores, and she will always be in my heart.

Gwendolyn Bernard

May 10, 2019

Thank you, Keith, for bringing your Mother to spend time with me. Delores is a beautiful lady and we were able to do a lot of sharing and laughing together. We have so very much in common. Only her body is gone. Her Spirit will always be with all of us. I’ll miss those visits with her, but she’ll always be in my Heart!!
Love you Delores ♥️♥️

Robert Garner

May 9, 2019

As we think of aunt Dolores today. We will always remember an elegant lady. She will be truly missed by all of the family. May we all kept her in our hearts, and memories. So that we will always have her near. May God Bless and Keep You. Love, The Robert Family