Cora Jean Howard

December 20, 1942April 3, 2020

Cora Jean Howard was born on December 20, 1942 in Lufkin, Texas.

She grew up in Lufkin, Texas. Cora graduated from Dunbar High School in 1961 and she married her childhood sweetheart Theodore R. Howard on July 6, 1963. Before coming back to Lufkin after getting married, Ted and Cora spent from February 1964 until July 1964 in Norfolk Virginia. They would fondly refer to that as their honeymoon because their first daughter was conceived in Norfolk, Virginia. Theodore and Cora moved to Seattle, Washington in 1965. Cora was a hard worker and worked as a Key Punch Operator at SeaFirst Bank while attending 3 years of college in the evening at Seattle Central. Cora was a dedicated mother whom loved her family, loved her husband and had a nurturing spirit. Cora has been a member of First AME Church since 1977 and was a devout Christian whom loved the Lord. Upon reflecting on her college major, Cora decided to educate students while attending and graduating from Seattle University in 1986 with her Bachelor in Education degree. Cora loved elementary teaching and helped influence students with achieving their educational goals. Cora worked as a teacher in Seattle Public Schools for 23 years until her retirement in 2009.

Our beloved Cora transitioned to be with the Lord on April 3, 2020. Cora Howard was preceded in death by her mother Doris Smith-Hulett and stepfather Raymond Hulett. Cora is survived by her brother Michael Hulett (Wife-Corliss), Denny Hulett (Wife- Willie T) and sister Michelle Hulett all residents of Lufkin, Texas. Cora leaves to mourn her husband Theodore R. Howard of 56 years and 7 children. Terri Howard-West daughter, Theodore R. Howard II son (Wife -Lee), Shaundra Howard twin daughter, Shari Howard-Powell twin daughter (Husband-Joe), Chris Howard son, Naikia Howard son and Kesha Howard daughter all residents of Seattle, WA.

She leaves her childhood friend Elnora Clay and 18 Grandchildren in addition to 1 great-grandchild to celebrate her life: Deron Bryant, Aaron Bryant, Courtney West, Teddy and Lauren Howard, Cidric and Corey Hendrix, Jay, Jordan and Seth Powell, Krislyn Howard, Christopher Howard, Kadyn Howard, Kalil Howard, Kai Howard, Lazaya Howard, Noah Howard, Malia Howard-Richerson and great-grandchild Ares Bryant. Cora also had a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends whom all had the opportunity to love and be loved by Mrs. Cora Jean Howard. Cora was generous, funny, loved to interior decorate and blessed others with her encouraging words. She was the matriarch to the Howard Family. Cora was a devoted wife and dedicated mother to her family. Cora was a kind, loving and giving soul and will be truly missed by her family. “Blessed are they that mourn: For they shall be comforted” Matthew 5:4


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020


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Margaret Graham

April 29, 2020

What an amazing, lovely woman and an inspiration to us all in how to live our lives and make them contribute to the good of us all. I worked for many years with Shari Howard-Powell and I know Cora’s spirit lives on in her children. I am sorry for your loss and pray for comfort for you all in this time. Sincerely, Margaret Graham

Heather Platt

April 26, 2020

I did not know Cora, personally. I read about her passing in the Seattle times. Having said that please know my condolences are sincere and I'm so, so sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was an amazing woman and our community is definitely lessened with her passing.

I try to read all of the obituaries and honor those we've lost to this terrible virus. My prayers go out to your family but while you miss her earthly presence, I've no doubt she's resting in the arms of our Lord and Savior. I lost my own mother to breast cancer about a year ago so please know these are not empty words, I empathize with your grief and celebrate Cora.

Bessie Adams

April 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss.

Yolonda Jones

April 23, 2020

Lovely Beautiful Queen!!

To Mr. Howard and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of the lost of a beautiful queen. No one knows what it’s like when you lose a mother but I do because I lost a beautiful queen of my own 6 years ago. Nobody says the mourning and grieving would be easy but having faith in God it will get you through.

I thank you for your love and support to your granddaughter, my daughter Krislyn. Not only Krislyn but accepting Dominique, Ebonye and Keiva as a part of your own family. It will always mean the world to me. Even though, my life carried on you all were always in my heart. A poem that was for me when my mother passed, I am sharing with you.

Howard Family, stay strong and lean on one another during this time. Your wife, mother and grandmother is smiling down on you.

Yolonda, Dominique, Ebonye and Keiva

Tom Townsend

April 23, 2020

Ted (GHS principal), Shari, and Deron.

Condolences to you two and the whole family. I didn't know your mom (and Grandma) but I do understand the loss is immense. It is obvious of what a wonderful person she was and boy what an impact she had on the Seattle educational community and community at large.

May she Rest in Peace and comfort to you all in this time.

Tom Townsend

Beverly Mitchell

April 18, 2020

Condolences and Prayers to The Howard Family. Cora was our homegirl, Beverly Charles Mitchell and Lonsie Charles, Ft.Worth, TX. she was always friendly. May she she RIP.

Robert Stephens Jr

April 10, 2020

Mrs. and Mr. Howard Sr. U blessed Our Garfield Central Area Community with a son that really cares about us. For that, we wil be so ever grateful.
I know that the Greator is meeting U at those Pearly Gates, saying: "Good and Faithful Servant, Well Done".
Condolence from:
"The Family"

Roy West

April 9, 2020

Mother Howard ...

As deeply saddened as I am, I would be remiss if stay muted. I've fallen to my knees.

I did not know that the kiss I planted on your face while at your home in 2017, would be my last. Visiting your husband and you, alongside my brother (your eldest son), was very rewarding to me - food for my soul.

I just want to briefly say, thank you for your rememberable demeanor. You didn't know it when I had visited over the years, but you touched me more than you realized. I had discovered something missing from me, in you.

Like I've read/heard from others, I too thank you for helping me to mature. I thank God for placing you in my path.

Your Neighbor/Paperboy/Son,

Renee Reddick

April 9, 2020

Me and Terry her daughter went to school together I meet MS Howard through her children her and MR Howard was beautiful people and she will be missed Rest in peace MS Howard so sorry for y'alls lost she had a beautiful Hart and sole!

Michael Hulett

April 8, 2020

Dear Sister,
I have so many fond memories of you down through the years. As a little boy you helped Ma take care us and I can remember you saying to us when we were being busy bodies, "Stop Don't Do That."

Cora, I remember all my summer months coming to Seattle to visit, you, Ro, and the family. I will never forget all the fun times and how you all made me feel welcomed in your home. I remember my first job there, United States Postal Service! Cora, you taught me so much.

After my married to Corlis (Carla) we sometimes vacationed in Seattle, we had such a marvelous time ever time we came. Cora and Corlis would do their favorite thing shop!

Cora, my beloved Sister, God has called you from labor to reward.
2 Timothy 4:7 " I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have keep the faith."

Cora sleep on and take your rest!
I love You,
Your Brother To Eternity,


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