Ramona Esther Howell

December 18, 1925June 28, 2018

Ramona Esther Howell was born in Gans, Oklahoma on December 18, 1925 to Calvin and Opal Crosslin.

She attended Gans High School. She would visit her sister Juanita, in Okmulgee, and Juanita introduced her to her future husband. She married James Franklin Howell on November 23, 1942 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

After Frank left for the War, Ramona worked in the rationing office distributing rationing coupon books. She also worked for Southwestern Bell. Later, after Mike and Debbie were older, she went to Riverside Beauty College in Tulsa, Oklahoma and received her license. She had a beauty shop built on to their home, where she had an excellent clientele. Ramona was one of the best hairdressers, always striving for perfection. After God called Frank and Ramona to pastor in Oklahoma City, she became the church secretary and they did ministry together. She handled all the clerical church business, played the organ or piano in church services, planned meals for fellowships, and always was by Frank’s side in visitation. They were inseparable.

Ramona was extremely talented and she used her talent in the Lord’s work. She was an amazing cook and the family always looked forward to going to “Memaw and Pawpa’s” house.

Ramona is preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Opal Crosslin; sister, Juanita Acton; and brothers, Fay Crosslin, Amos Crosslin, Opie (Bubber) Crosslin, and Jack Crosslin.

She is survived by her beloved husband, James Franklin Howell; children, son, Mike Howell, and daughter-in-love, Kathleen, and daughter, Debbie Hay and son-in-love, Brett; sister, Nina Brown and husband, James, of Gans, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Michael Howell and wife, Sue, Jayme Hopson and husband, J.C., Alan Browne Hume, and Jeremy Hume and wife, Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Jackson Howell, Cohen Hopson, Jaeden Hume, Asher Hume, and Mira Hume; loving friend, Pat Foster; and a multitude of beloved nephews and nieces.


  • Butch Acton
  • Cohen Hopson
  • J.C. Hopson
  • Daryl Brown
  • Brett Hay
  • Alan Hume, Honorary
  • Jaeden Hume, Honorary
  • Jeremy Hume, Honorary
  • Asher Hume, Honorary
  • James Brown, Honorary


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Ramona Esther Howell

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Mary Jones

July 3, 2018

Loved Ramona and Bro Howell,,,we went to Sunnymeade Church for years, a real Church family. Prayers for the family and friends.