Mary Elizabeth Howard, 79, died at 3:35 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Jerseyville Manor Nursing Home.She was born in Greenfield on Sept. 24, 1934, and was the daughter of the late Maurice & Idabelle (Nash) Perdun.She married Norman Eugene Howard on Aug. 25, 1951 in Winchester, and during their nearly 48 years of marriage, they raised their fours sons in and around Kane and Winchester, and later in life moved to the Jerseyville and Carrollton area before his passing on May 7, 1999.Surviving are her three sons & daughters in law, Michael Howard of Carrollton, Bruce & Carol Howard of Jerseyville, and Jeff & Kelly Howard of Winchester; a daughter in law, D Howard of Jerseyville; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a sister & brother in law, Frances & Gary Willis of Jerseyville.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Loren Howard; a sister, Patricia Cornelius; and a brother, Elwyn "Gene" Perdun.Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Jerseyville, with the Rev. Brent Meyer and Rev. Greg Howard officiating.She will be laid to rest alongside her husband at the Kane Cemetery.Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church of Jerseyville, where she was a member.
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