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OBITUARY

Janice Dawson Howell

March 24, 1951August 30, 2019
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Janice Dawson Howell, age 68, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 30th 2019, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born March 24, 1951 in Camilla, Georgia to Earl and Florene Dawson. She grew up in Albany, Georgia, and graduated from Albany High School in 1969. She married Mark Howell on June 3, 1969, in Donaldsonville, Georgia. They went on to spend 50 years together to celebrate their Golden Anniversary shortly before her passing.

Janice is survived by her husband, Mark Howell, and their two children, Kay Cave (spouse Todd Cave) and Michael Howell (spouse Marci Howell). She is also survived by her sisters Jean Fisher (spouse Lamar) and Pam Woolard (spouse John), along with 5 grandchildren: Kassidy Cave, Taylor Cave, Chance Cave, Madison Howell and Nathan Howell.

Janice was happiest surrounded by her family and her many friends. She was a proud grandmother, who dedicated much of her time to making sure everyone else around her was taken care of. She never put herself first, always worried that someone else around her would be in need of something. She was a devout Christian who was never afraid to voice her beliefs. Janice was a great example to those who knew her in every way.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ronnie Buchanan
  • Doug Guinn
  • Rob Beene
  • Richard Parrot
  • Gary Chambers
  • Dennis Hilton

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Sunday, September 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 2, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Committal Service

Memories

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Marci Howell

September 9, 2019

Janice loved making other people feel included and happy. From day one, she made me feel like part of the family. When Michael and I were dating, our first Christmas felt like I had been in the family for years. Christmas was her favorite and it always showed in how she loved to give! She loved doing for others and seeing the smiles on their faces, especially her grandkids. She never ever missed an opportunity to spoil those kids! It is because of her that Madison and Nathan have been so well dressed their whole lives! One day during her months of chemo (and not feeling the best), she knew Madison was busy with homework, so she brought Dillard’s to us! She literally bought every dress in her size, along with shoes and accessories, so Madison could pick what she wanted and be happy with her band gala outfit! Also, four days before she went to the hospice facility, she was worried about the kids having new shoes for school and made sure they were taken care of. She never stopped thinking of others. She loved tradition, and we have so many memories of our Rainforest days, sleepovers and Sunday afternoons with the kids, birthday meals, and our many Disney trips. She loved traveling, dressing up, shopping, Diet Coke, Christmas, anything Disney, Mexican food, her family, her friends, and God. And shoes. Lots of shoes. I can’t believe we are without her now, but I’m thankful she’s out of pain and that one day we will see her again. Janice, thank you for always making me feel important and for being a wonderful Nana to my babies. I love you and will miss you so much!

Bobbi Guinn

September 7, 2019

The last few weeks have certainly been spent in reflection of the almost 40 years we were blessed to know Janice. It seems like our ‘assigned seats’ at worship services always put us close together, so we were able to keep up with family happenings. We worked together on so many occasions through the years. We planned and decorated for Sweetheart brunches, graduation parties, wedding/baby showers, going away parties, Ladies’ days, the list goes on and on. Each event brought a fun shopping experience as a theme was picked and carried out to every last detail. We even resorted to taking pictures off walls and decorations from my sister’s house to fit a chosen theme a time or two. It brings joy thinking of our times together! For me personally, she hosted showers for my daughters and grandkids, my surprise 50th birthday party, and a surprise housewarming. Not only these, the day before her surgery in January, she helped decorate for our going away luncheon from Centerville Rd. I have a photo of Janice and I together that day which will be cherished forever!
All I have to do is look around my house to see remembrances of her. Fall pumpkins that come out every year, a 25th anniversary penny tree in our bedroom, family picture pillows in another room, and the king-size family quilt with three shams she made for my parents are just a few of the treasures around my home that have her fingerprints on them. I think of our Brighton ‘addiction’ and the many pieces of jewelry she gave me as gifts. The last one being a bracelet she gave when we moved to the country that says, “When you wear this, remember me” which has far more meaning now than it did upon receiving it. She was one of the greatest, most dynamic, and vivacious people I have ever known! The greatest blessing about our relationship was our bond in Christ and the opportunity to be together again one day. To her family, thank you for sharing her with us!
Much love, Doug & Bobbi

Jennifer Paden

September 7, 2019

So many positive things come to mind when thinking of Janice. Her generous spirit, her creativity, her kindness, her work ethic, her joy, and how much she loved others are a few. She was the type of person that made you happier after being around her . . . a beautiful quality! Even though she left us too quickly, her example and her many works remain. Revelation 14:13 comes to mind, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord . . . that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” What a blessing it was to know her! To the family, many prayers continue to be with you all.

Buck & Joyce Underwood

September 7, 2019

Words can never express the loss that we all feel following the passing of your dear wife, mother and grandmother. Janice made such a positive impact on this world that will not be lost. She was a shining example of love for God and love for her family. We will remember her for her friendship and a positive gift of her life and shared so much with others. She never failed to embrace an opportunity to share her home and happiness with all she met. We are blessed by saying we knew Janice. The church family at Centerville Road Church of Christ will miss her in ways we can't even imagine. In Christian Love, Buck & Joyce Underwood

Glenda Lee

September 7, 2019

Shredded cheese. My first encounter with my then coworker was a company potluck. I signed up for shredded cheese. She politely looked at me and told me I needed to bring freshly grated cheese. I showed up with bagged cheese. She not only told me that was unacceptable but she banned me from ever signing up for shredded cheese.

I couldn’t wait for Janice to get to work on Mondays to tell me if Nathan and Chase aka THE Boys has spent the night with her. Or if Michael and his family had come to lunch on Sunday. Or to tell me about going to a football game on Friday night to see Madison play in the band. Or to see pictures of Taylor’s latest creation. Or to tell me what computer Nathan wanted for Christmas. Or to hear her brag on Cassie about how well she was doing in school and how excited she was to see her become a nurse. Or to hear her talk about the next family trip to Disney. Or to hear her talk about she shopping adventures with Kay. Or to hear about the annual Rainforest Cafe trip. Or to hear her talk about Squishies that she needed to find for Madison and Nathan to put in their vacation bags. Or to try and find that perfect gift for Mark . Or to hear her talk about which T-shirt she was going to order for the entire family for the Disney trip.

You get the picture. Her family was everything to her. That was what was important. But Janice made everyone feel important ..

I will miss my friend. I will miss how we would laugh until we cried.

Have fun planning all those parties in Heaven.

Dorinda Underwood

September 6, 2019

A recent memory that I have come to treasure occurred just a few short weeks ago when Janice was in the hospital. My husband and I went for a short visit. I said my name upon entering her room and true to Janice's nature, and in spite of how she was feeling, she sat right up with her beautiful smile, sparkling eyes, and a great big hug. We had a nice short visit with Janice and Mark, catching up on each others lives and families. She even made the comment that it felt as if it was just like yesterday. As we prepared to leave, she gave me another big hug, looked into my eyes, told me that she loved me, and I told her that I loved her too. I told my husband when we got back to the car that she made my heart feel better. That is what Janice did for so many people. She made their hearts feel better. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.
Dorinda & Chris Underwood

Carla Buchanan

September 6, 2019

Words are so hard to find during this difficult time. We loved Janice. Ronny especially loved to pick on her as she would walk down the isle beside where we would sit at worship. She always had the biggest smile on her face when she would bring one of her grandchildren with her to services. You could tell she was filled with joy. Janice could decorate like no other. There was never a detail omitted. It was always perfect in every way. Janice was a wonderful example of a Christian Wife, Mother and Grandmother. She was always doing for others. It was our privilege to know her and she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love, Carla & Ronny Buchanan

Joyce Reynolds

September 5, 2019

It is hard to know where to start with memories of Janice. She always put others first. Words that come to mind when thinking about her are faith, family, friends and fun. She loved the Lord, Mark and the family, and her friends so much! There are so many wonderful memories that I will always hold in my heart. I would love to see her smile and hear her laugh one more time.

Diana Parrott

September 5, 2019

To know Janice was a blessing. She was sweet, kind, thoughtful and caring. Always asking about others and wanted to know how she could help. She was a great example to everyone.
Janice had the talent of planning and preparing for events like no other. She made each one special. Always fun working beside her through out the years.
By her words and actions, you knew how much she loved God, Mark, family and friends. She made everyone feel so special and loved. Forever she will be in my heart and memory!

Llewelyn Hamilton

September 5, 2019

Janice was truly a generous, thoughtful woman. For the several years we taught Bible class together, she would buy seasonal gifts for our students. She dearly loved to be in the classroom with our kiddos. They brought her so much delight! She would talk with them about their pictures, their clothing, anything they brought in with them. She would also patiently let them check out her jewelry and nails! She was dear Christian friend that I miss greatly.

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Biography

Janice Dawson Howell, age 68, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 30th 2019, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born March 24, 1951 in Camilla, Georgia to Earl and Florene Dawson. She grew up in Albany, Georgia, and graduated from Albany High School in 1969. She married Mark Howell on June 3, 1969, in Donaldsonville, Georgia. They went on to spend 50 years together to celebrate their Golden Anniversary shortly before her passing.

Janice is survived by her husband, Mark Howell, and their two children, Kay Cave (spouse Todd Cave) and Michael Howell (spouse Marci Howell). She is also survived by her sisters Jean Fisher (spouse Lamar) and Pam Woolard (spouse John), along with 5 grandchildren: Kassidy Cave, Taylor Cave, Chance Cave, Madison Howell and Nathan Howell.

Janice was happiest surrounded by her family and her many friends. She was a proud grandmother, who dedicated much of her time to making sure everyone else around her was taken care of. She never put herself first, always worried that someone else around her would be in need of something. She was a devout Christian who was never afraid to voice her beliefs. Janice was a great example to those who knew her in every way.