Evelyn E. Howell, 89, of Clinton Township, Waymart passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, April 1, 2017 at home. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 56 years, Edward C. Howell on May 21, 2002.
Born August 11, 1927 at the family homestead in Fallsdale, Damascus Township, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Bessie (Rolston) Eltz.
A lifelong resident of Wayne County, Evelyn was raised on the family farm and graduated from Damascus High School, Class of 1945. In her youth, she was a member of the Calkins Union Church and the Calkins Grange. At age 18, she married Edward on May 25, 1946 in the Calkins Union Church and settled on the Howell farm in Clinton Township. The wife of a farmer, Evelyn helped to support the family in the early years by working at the Agway Egg Plant candling eggs on the night shift. For many years Evelyn was an accomplished seamstress; she worked at the former Waymart Knitwear until her retirement at the time of the factory's closure.
Evelyn was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Waymart for 71 years. She served the church as a Sunday School teacher and was active with the United Methodist Women’s Society. Ed and Evelyn shared a love for music and enjoyed many years square dancing and socializing with their neighbors, friends and family. She will be remembered for her commitment to her family; she was a wonderful cook and baker. Evelyn always managed to ensure that her children and grandchildren were well-dressed and well-fed. She will be deeply missed and forever loved.
Evelyn is survived by three children: Charles E. Howell, Darlene Lewis and her husband John, and Randy L. Howell, all of Clinton Township, Waymart; six grandchildren: Aaron Lewis and his wife Hope of Trumansburg, NY, Joshua Lewis and his wife Cathy of Lake Ariel, Rebekah Ihlefeldt and her husband Tim of Bethany, Jacob Lewis and his wife Denae of Winfield, Grace Miller and her husband Logan, and Edward Howell and his wife Anna all of Clinton Township; 16 great-grandchildren: Elisabeth, Allison, Eli, Eljay, Mitch, Andrew, Ruth, Adeline, Aizleigh, Aria, Eliza, Easton, Emily, Evy, Matthias, and Josiah; three sisters: Beulah Smith of Clinton Township, Alice Mae Gries of Damascus, and Bette Kimble and her husband Fred of Brooksville, FL; a sister-in-law: Mabel Eltz of Pleasant Mount; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and a large extended family.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers: Ivan Edward Eltz, Vernon Eltz, and Clyde Eltz; and a daughter-in-law: Robyn (Shaffer) Howell.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 6th at 11:00 A.M at Calkins Baptist Church, 527 Calkins Road, Milanville, PA 18443.
Friends may visit on Wednesday, April 5th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Jenkins Funeral Home-Edward Howell, Funeral Director, 269 Belmont Street, Waymart, PA 18472, and also at the church on Thursday morning from 10:00 A.M. through the time of the service.
Burial will be in Keen Cemetery, Waymart later this spring.