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Patrick Varine

Grace Howard was outgoing, loved people and enjoyed the finer things in life.

On the latter count, she married the right man, according to her daughter.

“She graduated from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing and was a registered nurse, but she never needed to do any nursing work,” said Sharon Johnson of Greensburg. “She did some private work for people from time to time but not for pay.”

Mrs. Howard’s husband, Clifford, worked in the family business, Howard Gasoline & Oil Co. in Harrison City, and she took a job there as a secretary.

Grace Ellen Howard of Greensburg died Wednesday, June 12, 2019. She was 83.

Mrs. Howard was born July 20, 1935, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Julius and Sadie Brethauer Jepsen.

She graduated from Jeannette High School in 1953 before attending nursing school.

Mrs. Howard met her husband at the former Harris-Manos Theater on Clay Avenue.

“He happened to see her walking with her friend,” her daughter said. “He took his friend home, said he didn’t feel good and then he came back to talk with her.”

The couple was married Jan. 14, 1956.

Her daughter recalls trips to the family’s cabin in Ligonier.

“We’d go up there and take walks and do all kinds of things outside,” she said.

Another outdoor activity Mrs. Howard enjoyed was ice skating.

“She and my dad did ice dancing. I think they had an instructor,” her daughter said. “They skated at Lynch Field and Roadman’s Lake in Greensburg.”

Mrs. Howard’s skating prowess sparked a similar interest in her granddaughters.

“She spent a lot of time taking them to and from lessons, and they’ve gotten involved in figure skating,” she said.

Mrs. Howard was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg.

In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting.

“She gave away tons of scarves to all her friends,” her daughter said. “She also made rubber-stamp greeting cards. She’d go to elementary schools and do crafting programs showing children how to make them. She also loved collecting antiques with my dad.”

In later years, Mrs. Howard enjoyed visiting friends and residents of Redstone Highlands in Hempfield.

Mrs. Howard is survived by her husband of 63 years, Clifford N. Howard; her children, Thomas Howard (Michelle) and Sharon Johnson (Ralph); a sister, Irene K. Mutzig; several grandchildren; and a great grandson.

Visitation will be private.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 300 Main St., Greensburg.

Memorial donations can be made to Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, 6 Garden Center Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601.

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