Ardith Marie Howes, 88, passed away Saturday afternoon, September 3, 2011, at the Bishop Noa Home, in Escanaba, where she currently resided.
She was born on September 14, 1922, in Trout Lake, MI, the daughter of David and Jessie (Vertz) Terrian. She resided at the Bishop Noa Home for the past four years, prior to that, she lived at 1102 Dakota Avenue, Gladstone, for several years. She was a long time member of All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone.
Ardith was preceded in death by her husband of more than fifty years, William J. Howes, sisters, Isabel, Jessie, Olive, Helen, Ceil, Fern and brothers David, Cyril, Willard and Donald. Ardith was the last living survivor of the David and Jessie Terrian family.
Surviving are her children William (Gail) Howes of Jacksonville, FL; Willard (Sharon) Howes of Owosso, MI; Donald (Sherry) Howes of Gladstone, MI; Alvin (Nancy) Howes of Menominee, MI; Theresa (James) Noreus of Gladstone; Steven (Linda) Howes of Escanaba; fifteen grandchildren Douglas, Troy, Rebecca, Jon, Victoria, Dan, David, Laurie, Heidi, Perry, Traci, Bob, John, Nathan, Connor and twenty-three great grandchildren. Ardith was very proud of all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and with great pride displayed their photos and accomplishments on the walls of her room.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Bishop Noa Home for all their assistance and time in caring for Ardith during her final days. She often commented that the staff were part of her family.
A memorial mass for Ardith will take place on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Ardith Marie Howes will follow, privately, on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery with Rev. Fr. Emmett Norden officiating. Committal prayers will be conducted immediately following funeral services.