Alvah Halloran & Son Funeral Home

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Shirley A. Howell

August 21, 1935July 4, 2020

Shirley A Howell, 84, of Fair Haven, passed away peacefully at home, Saturday, July 4, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born Aug. 21, 1935 in Providence, RI. After graduating high school, Shirley moved to Fair Haven to live with her Aunt Mary Denmark. She worked at Mary’s restaurant where she met her husband and love of her life, Robert D Howell. They married Sept. 10, 1955 and were happily married for 63 years until Bob’s death April 23rd, 2018.

Shirley was a retiree from the Red Creek Central School system and was loved by all who knew “Mrs. Howell”, as the students called her then and most still called her all these years later. She loved cooking and baking. Shopping was also something she really enjoyed whether it be at a mall, yard sale or a craft fair. Shirley also enjoyed watching all sports, especially the NY Yankees. In the later years she could name more of the players and their stats than her husband Bob. After retirement she learned to play golf and played often with many of her friends in women’s leagues. She and Bob also took up cycling near their homes in Fair Haven and Beverly Hills, Fl.

Shirley was a member of St Thomas Catholic church in Red Creek and St Jude Catholic church in Fair Haven where she attended and remained active for 60+ years.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Robert D Howell; mother, Mary McKiernan; brother, Frederick Denmark, Jr.; and Grandson, Jonathan (Brandy) Taylor.

Shirley will be greatly missed by her 3 children, Terri M. (Henry Snyder) DiGregorio of Fair Haven; Robert W. (Faith) Howell of Lynchburg,Va.; Karen M. Cobb of Fair Haven; 6 grandchildren, Kelli Abraham; Hannah (Zack) Shaffer; Betsy (Donald) Masai; Carrie (Ben) Smitthimedhin; Sandra (Joe) Dannemiller; J. Michael (Jennifer) Sherry; 12 great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Mitchell, Lily, Mady, Emma, Helena, Mikaia, Mark, Alexandra, James, Manuel and Samuel; sister-in law, Iris R. Howell of Va. Beach, VA. and several nieces and nephews.

Shirley will be missed by so many friends and all the peoples lives she touched both here in Fair Haven and in Beverly Hills, Florida where Shirley and Bob spent 19 winters after retirement.

Due to the current social restrictions a private graveside memorial will be held in late August.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Shirley A. Howell

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