SHELBURNE — Wilma Howard, 98, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 at The Arbors at Shelburne.

She was born in Swanton on June 27, 1917 to the late Earl and Anna (Loop) Reed.

Wilma graduated as valedictorian from Essex Junction High School. After graduation she attended the University of Vermont for a short time before marrying Donald Howard on May 14, 1938. Wilma belonged to several groups including the Order of the Easter Star, L.V.I.S, Fireside Club, the Girl Scouts and Brownies as a troop leader and the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church. She had a green thumb, especially when it came to plants; her interests included gardening, swimming, canoeing, biking and a love for the outdoors. Wilma was fiercely loyal to family and never had a bad word for anyone. She took great pride in being Donald’s devoted wife while caring for him as his health failed through the final eight years of his life.

She is survived by her children; Carole Ann Johnson and her husband, Ivan, of Swanton and Mary Howard of Burlington and a very special friend, Jonathan Raphael; grandchildren, Ivan Johnson Jr. and his wife, Mary, Bruce Johnson and Jessica Ladd and Christine Scanlon and her husband, Chris; great grandchildren, Joana Smith and her husband, Mike, Joseph Johnson, Adam Johnson and his wife, Kelli and Carly Scanlon; great-great grandchildren, Cheyanne and Savannah Johnson and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Wilma was predeceased by her husband, Donald S. Howard; her siblings and their spouses, Wilmot and Susie, James and Carol, Earl Jr. and Eleanor and Hugh and Eleanor Reed and a sister-in-law, Lillian Olbrych and her husband, Jim.

Wilma’s family would like to thank the people that helped care for her over the past several years including the staffs from Gazebo Apartments of Pillsbury Senior Communities and The Arbors at Shelburne; and family friends, Julie Lacross, Paul and Pauline Loiselle, Kevin Dulude and the late Charlie Colburn.

A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Jon Bly officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Swanton at 3 p.m..

A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.

For those who wish, contributions in Wilma’s memory may be made to the Enosburgh Ambulance Service, 83 Sampsonville Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.

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