Rosalind Elizabeth Howard

Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Longtime Juneau resident Rosalind Elizabeth Howard died June 18, 2009, in Juneau. She was 75.

Born July 31, 1933, in Kasaan Bay, she graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1952. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Fish and Game, Grand Camp Pull Tabs, St. Ann's Hospital, and owned and operated Haida Cab.

Nicknamed "Lady," she was the most kindhearted, gentle, loving, caring lady in the world, her family said.

"Our Rose will dearly be missed by her entire family, friends and extended family," they said.

"She had the most unassuming way of looking at you and how she treated you. Her motherly instinct kicked in when you were hurting, and she wanted nothing more than to ease your pain and make you better. She would take you under her wing until you were able, then keep an eye on you. She was always happy to see you or hear from you."

She was an accomplished needleworker and did some of the finest, most detailed embroidery and crochet, her family added. She also loved to cook.

"Nothing gave her greater happiness than having her family and friends nearby and everyone enjoying her food," her family said. "If you happened to stop by for a visit, you always left with a full tummy. She could easily put something together at a moment's notice for nearly any occasion."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Howard Sr.; children, Cindy Bernice, Denise Arlene and Patricia Rose; father, Alfred Torres Sr.; mother, Elizabeth "Emily" Williams; brother, Tommy Torres; and dear friend and Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70 sister, Sue Sargent.

She is survived by her sons, Henry, Charles, Timothy, Scow and Kevin Howard, all of Juneau; daughters, Joanne Jordan, of Valdez, and Marcella Fitzhugh, of Everett, Wash.; brothers, Alfred Torres, of Klawock, Gerald Torres, of Tulalip, Wash., and Arthur Torres, of Boethel, Wash.; many nieces and nephews in Ketchikan and Washington; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; all of her dear friends and bingo buddies; the Dora Williams family; and her sisters of ANS Camp 70.

"We have such a large family and extended family," her family members said. "If we missed anyone, it was not intentional."

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Northern Light Presbyterian Church.

Honorary pallbearers will be Helen Loescher, Laura Williams, Dorothy Williams, Jeanne Mogg, Ella Fortine, Barbara Johnson and Marge Adams. Pallbearers will be Don Fitzhugh, Shane Howard, Ernie Williams, Rommy Yadao, Toreno Yadao and Benje Topacio.

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