Queenie Elizabeth Howell
April 8, 1921 – October 3, 2019
Queenie Elizabeth Govan Howell
April 8, 1921 – October 3, 2019
Born to the union of Harry and Sarah General Govan on April 8, 1921, St. Matthews S.C.
The Journey Begins for...Queenie,the eldest of ten children. Loved and honored as the oldest, Queenie was called "Sister" by all of her siblings. Having left home and starting her life's journey long before some of them were born, or were too young to remember just how enriched her life was.
Raised in a Christian home, Queenie received God early in her life. As a youth she was very active in Sunday school. Baptized at St. Matthews Baptist Church, her journey began (as it would be) with strong faith. She loved teaching... laughing... singing... teasing, and wouldn't hesitate to say what was on her mind while always being very poised, and classy. The family was very close knit, and continued to be even throughout living in various homes.
Queenie excelled in her academics. Graduating from St. Matthews High School as Valedictorian, her aunt, (mother's side) who started an all girls school in Florida, gave her an opportunity to further her education.
Accepting the challenge She moved to Florida. and graduated “Magna Cuma Lada” from “Florida Normal College” in St. Augustine, FL. She then went on to pursue her profession as a third grade teacher. Queenie paved the way for her sisters to continue in their education and successes. As Queenie engaged her career in Florida as teacher, she would write letters to the love of her life, Dority Howell Sr, whom she met in high school, while he served in the NAVY. While stationed in Seattle WA, he took leave to travel back to Florida, where then, they were joined in marriage on January 21, 1942. He then brought her back to Seattle where they would call home. From this blessed union they welcomed their first child Dority Jr.
Queenie stayed active by continuing her teaching at TT Minor Elementary, attending meetings, being a Den Mother to Dority Jr,and his friends in the neighborhood as well as volunteering on the PTA board. She became very active in the church where she started the "Women Auxiliaries" under the pastoral leadership of Rev. F. Benjamin Davis who was just starting at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
From there they then welcomed to the family their next three children,... Gayle, Venus, and Donald, whom she loved very dearly.
Queenie was preceded in her home going by her beloved Dority Howell Sr,(husband) Mother and Father Five siblings (Sisters) Janie Major, Lucinda Chester, Mildred Hart (brothers) Ernest and Harry Govan. And her special aunt and uncle Blanche and Joe Ely of Deerfield, FL.
Queenie is survived by her four children Dority Howell Jr., Gayle D. Pollard (husband Leo), Venus E. Harris, and Donald T. Howell(wife Kat) all living in Seattle, WA.
Four Grandchildren Tanisha L. Howell, Jasmine A. Johnson Nicholas B. Howell and Cherise L. Hester(husband Jason).
Great Granddaughters Niylah E. Johnson and Kenya D. Johnson
Four Sisters Blanche Glover - Columbia, S.C., Frances Randolf (Leland)-Brooklyn, N.C., Sarah Rhames and Berthina Prater - Orangeburg S.C. Sister in law Hazel Howell - Amityville, N.Y. and many beloved and cherished nieces, nephews and friends.
A special loving thanks to caregivers:
Providence ElderPlace-Seattle Edwina, Vivan and Oswaldo - Golden Hands Adult family Home Perla & Armario Andres Super Care AFA Peggy & Willard Harrison - Southview Adult Family Home, Pat Banks, Banks Residence Inn. for the love and care they provided to our mother.
A Funeral service will be held in her honor on Wednesday October 16, 2019 at the Evergreen Washelli Tribute center, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133 starting at 11am with graveside and repast to follow.
Funeral Service Evergreen-Washelli Tribute Center
11:00 amFuneral followed by Graveside Service and Repast at Evergreen Washelli.