Mildred Elinor Howard, 95, formerly of Howe Blvd., died October 11, 2012 at the Spicer Adult Care Facility, where she was a resident after living with her family in Tupper Lake in recent years.
A funeral in celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Canton United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael H. Terrell as celebrant. There will be no calling hours per her request. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Canton.
Mildred was born May 27, 1917 in Pierrepont, a daughter of Orra C. and Florence A. (Briggs) Taylor, she graduated Canton High School in 1934 and from Potsdam State Normal in 1937 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education.
On June 18, 1940 she married Everett Edward Howard at the home of her parents in Pierrepont. Mr. Howard was an attorney and Justice of the Peace in the Village of Canton for many years. He died in 1987.
Mildred was first employed as a teacher in a one-room school house for Northrup School #14. She later taught at Brick Chapel School as well as Canton Central School as Jr. High Social Studies teacher and later as a 5th and 6th grade teacher.
She was involved in a number of organizations including: Canton United Methodist Women, where she served as President from 1982-85, the Canton Garden Club (V.P.), the Canton Study Club, Canton Area Retired Teachers (President 1978), Northern Zone Retired Teachers (VP), State Retired Teachers, Yorker Club(Sponsor 1955) where the club received the Foote’s Followers Award for publishing a booklet titled, “Canton, The Town Friendliness Built" 1954-55, Paradise Valley 4H Club. She was also awarded the Shepherd’s Cross as a 50+ year member of Canton Methodist Church by Rev. Brand in 2001.
Some of Mildred’s interests were birding, traveling, history, charitable works, knitting, gardening and reading.
Surviving are her son, Edward Howard of Tampa, FL; her daughter, Martha Howard Mozdzier and her husband Willaim of Tupper Lake; two grandchildren, Jennifer Mozdzier of Waitsfield, VT and Jason Mozdzier of Long Lake; a sister-in-law, Constance Wright of Canton; a brother-in-law, Francis Todd of Canton, and St. Cloud, FL; and 11 nieces and 28 nephews.
In addition to her husband, Everett, she was predeceased by her siblings, Glenn and wife May Spicer Taylor, Hazel Taylor and husband D. Gerald Tupper, Kenneth and wife Agnes Blackmer Taylor, Orrin and wife Anna Mae Thomas Taylor and Arloween Todd.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Canton United Methodist Church and/or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.lawrencefuneralhome.org. Arrangements by Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton.