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Gwendolyn HowellGwen 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.
I have fond memories of working with Gwen at the Forest Service in Jackson. She was such a sweet person & we had some great times together. She'll be missed by all of her former coworkers. I'm thankful I got the chance to talk to her on March 23rd while I was working at our Oxford office. My thoughts and prayers are with J'Lynn, Allen and the family.
Barbara E. Broome - April 19, 2010 at 02:55 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I am so sorry to learn of Gwen's death. She was a wonderful fun person to work with. Many Friday afternoons I would have lunch with Gwen and a couple of other folks. We always laughed and told stories. I will always remember her warm personality and grace and wit.
sam brookes - April 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
My condolences go out to J'Lynn and Allen.
John K. Daniel - April 16, 2010 at 02:21 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
You know how much I loved your Mom. She was more like a 2nd Mom to me, than an Aunt. Of course, I was proud to call her my Aunt Gwen and will carry her memory close to my heart always. Don't ever forget that I love you, my cousins dearly and will do anything I can for you at anytime. Love, June
June Patterson - April 15, 2010 at 09:56 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Blessed to have known Gwen, I have such fond memories and will miss her greatly. I am happy she is with Mother, Uncle Sonny and Aunt Dopey and all the others that have been waiting for her to come join in the glory. Love Peace and Blessings. Johnny
Johnny Steele - April 15, 2010 at 08:51 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
What a great pic! That is the way Aunt Gwen always looked to me. :) Wish we could be there, but know that our hearts are with you. Jo and family
Jo Steele Allen - April 15, 2010 at 05:29 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM