Collette M. Howard, age 91, of Columbus, formerly of Wilmington, passed away Monday evening, April 3, 2023 at Riverside Hospital in Columbus with family by her side.
She was born January 23, 1932 in Oak Hill, Ohio, daughter of the late Evan Elmer and Gladys E. (Shook) Jones. On November 12, 1955 she married Harold L. "Spike" Howard, who passed away on June 16, 2008.
She was a huge Ohio State Buckeyes Fan and loved the holidays, especially when she would be baking cookies with her girls at Christmas time. She displayed kindness, grace, and was willing to talk to anyone. She never met a stranger. Collette loved her family and cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren..
Surviving are her three daughters, Susan (Mark) Anderson of Maineville, Caroline (Kevin) O'Brien of Dublin, and Beth (Jim) Wilson of South Lebanon, son, Phil Howard of Arlington, TX, five grandchildren, Nick (Sarah) Howard, Dylan (Miranda) Howard, Mackenzie O'Brien, Blaine O'Brien, and Camden Young, three great-grandchildren, Stella Howard, Sawyer Howard, and Zoey Howard, sister, Rose Kellermann, a lot of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Collette was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne (Jackie) Jones and Evan Dwight (Shirley) Jones, and a sister, Carolyn (Cecil) McCorkle.
Funeral Services will be held at Fisher-Edgington Funeral Home, 97 W. Locust St. Wilmington, Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 1:00 pm with pastor Stan Gockel and Sara Maus officiating. The family invites everyone to wear Ohio State Buckeyes gear to honor Collette's love for the team. Interment will follow in the Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wilmington, Ohio.
Friends will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Contributions in Collette's memory may be made to the Wilmington Presbyterian Church, 840 Timber Glen Dr. Wilmington, OH 45177.