Gwen Westbrook Howell, age 83, of Oxford, died on Wednesday April 14, 2010 at the Baptist Memorial Hospital - North in Oxford, MS. She was born on December 25, 1926 to Roy and Emma Mae (Braden) Westbrook in Duncan, MS. Mrs. Howell grew up in Shelby, MS, graduated Shelby High School and attended Delta State College. She married John F. "Sonny" Howell in 1948 and together they lived in Baton Rogue, LA, Tampa FL, Galveston, TX, Gainesville, FL, Sherman, TX and Jackson, MS. After her retirement from the US Forest Service she moved to Oxford, MS to be near her daughter. Mrs. Howell was a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother; Richard A. Westbrook, sister; Ida L "Snookie" Agner and her companion dog Dixie who gave her joy and inspiration for the past 10 years. Visitation will be held Saturday April 17, 2010 from 12:00 PM ~1:30 PM at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland. Graveside funeral services will follow at 2:00PM in the New Cleveland Cemetery. She is survived by Daughter, J'Lynn Howell of Oxford, MS, Son, Allen L. and wife Kathy Howell of Palm Harbor, FL, Granddaughter, Gwendolyn Cleveland of Oxford, MS and a host of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society P O Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123, The Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society 559 Hwy 7 S. Oxford, MS 38655 or the charity of donors' choice.