Connie HowardName: Connie Howard
Date of Death: August 30, 2013
Age at death: 74
Connie Lou Howard, 74, passed away on August 30, 2013, at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton from complications of a fall on August 1st. A Bradenton native, Connie was born February 5, 1939, to the late W. Ernest and Evelyn S. Brown. The baby of four sisters, Connie had a wonderful childhood growing up in "The Friendly City," developing lifelong friendships throughout school, church, and the community. A 1957 graduate of Manatee County High School, Connie was very active in a number of clubs and organizations, to include Marching Band, President of the Mam'selles, and Anchor Club. Always excelling in school, she went on to attend Florida State University, majoring in Special and Elementary Education, and was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority, graduating on an accelerated schedule in January of 1961.
After memorable adventures to Europe and a time teaching in Atlanta, Connie married her high school sweetheart, Bill Howard, in 1963 and moved to St Pete. Connie and Bill had three children - Sharon, Billy, and Cathy - and became the center of their world, eventually moving back home to Bradenton in 1974 to be with all their close families and friends.
Connie went back to the classroom in 1976, spending the next 23 years at Prine Elementary School as a second grade teacher, earning her Master's Degree from University of South Florida in 1983 and eventual retirement in 1999. At that time, she became full time Wife, Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma, and Friend to All.
In June, Connie and Bill celebrated the wonderful milestone of reaching 50 years of marriage at the Columbia Restaurant on St. Armands Circle.
Throughout her long and fruitful life, "Con Con" developed and maintained an immeasurable network of friends, engaging on a number of occasions with seemingly total "strangers" and garnering life stories in just a short amount of time. Family and friends all agree on two things about Connie: "Connie and Bill" was one word; and Connie was the most graceful and friendliest person they've ever known. Her passion was her family, particularly her husband and children, grandchildren, and, recently, a great-grandchild. Her other notable hobbies were card and board games; lunch and shopping on Wednesdays and Saturdays with her sisters; Friday night dinners out; FSU sport games; music; cooking; TV Variety shows; and "footrubs!"
The family receivef friends from on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th St. W. Bradenton. A Celebration of Connie's life was held at 10:00 A.M on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 in the Memorial Chapel at First Baptist Church of Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., with committal to follow at Fogartyville Cemetery, Bradenton.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Kidney Foundation and the Salvation Army. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Enjoyed it, Con Con!!!