OTTUMWA-Evelyn L. Howard, 86, of Ottumwa, died at 4:22 a.m. January 3, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.
She was born April 17, 1930 in Ottumwa to Seth and Agnes Gunnarson Carlson. She married Jack Howard November 13, 1949 at Munterville Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on December 16, 2014.
A 1948 graduate of Ottumwa High School, she was a homemaker for most of her life.
She enjoyed gardening, tending to her many flowers, and making crafts to sell with her husband.
Evelyn was a member of Munterville Lutheran Church.
Surviving are her 5 children, Cheryl Abernathy of Boone, Vicky (Pete) Jones of Ottumwa, Loree (Duane) Veldhuizen of Eddyville, Brent Howard of Eddyville and Merrilee (Roger) de Vries of Ottumwa; 10 grandchildren; 1 step-grandchild; 9 great- grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeffrey Howard; a son-in-law, Ray Abernathy; and a brother John Carlson..
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Munterville Lutheran Church with Rev. Brian Gentz officiating. Burial will be in Munterville Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Munterville Cemetery Fund or Heartland Humane Society P.O. Box 1149 Ottumwa, IA 52501.