Joan Howard, 80

Joan L. Howard, 80, Wabash, passed away at 2:02 a.m. on March 6, at Autumn Ridge Healthcare Center in Wabash.

She was born to the late Elmer and Ethel (Brown) Malott on May 7, 1932 in Crown Point, Ind. She was a graduate of Glenn Oak High School in Gary, Ind. She married Lawrence D. Howard in 1956, he passed away in 1994. She was a Civilian Employee at Grissom Air Force Base, also worked at General Tire and in Home Care. She was a former member of Calvary Baptist Church and attended Emmanuel Freewill Baptist Church both of Wabash.

She is survived by two daughters, Penny Bever and Laurna Bolin, both of Wabash; three granddaughters, Tammy Murphy, Tracy Cole both of Wabash, and Jasmine Curry, Liberty; brother, Rosco Malott, Rochester; two sisters, Hilda Kemptf, Delphi, and Donna Woods, Rochester; and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son, Phillip in 2001, a brother, and three sisters.

Graveside service was March 11, 2013 at Memorial Lawns Cemetery in Wabash, officiating the service was Pastor Rick. Burial will follow at Memorial Lawns Cemetery in Wabash.

McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992 is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Posted on 2013 Mar 08