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In Loving Memory
Karoline B. Rosskopf Howell
July 6, 1936 - May 29, 2011

by Estelle Rogers
"Up on the Hill,"  Crestview Bulletin
June 4, 2011
 

Karoline Barbara Howell, born July 6, 1936, passed away May 29, 2011. The past few weeks of her life were spent at the home of her beloved son, Michael and Jett Howell, in Mobile, Alabama. She bravely fought a battle with cancer.

Karoline was able to travel from Mobile to her home in Laurel Hill on Motherís Day week-end. Sitting side by side in recliners we talked, she dosed, sometimes stopping in mid-sentence, but we both felt and enjoyed the quiet love and peace we shared together.

During the war years in Germany, Karoline and family lived during the worst of times. The sirens would go off and they would have to hurry to a shelter for hours on end.

I often encouraged Karoline to write a book because her life had been so interesting. She was born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, married a handsome serviceman, A.B. Howell, and lived the life of a career service couple for twenty years. Together they had two sons, Michael Howell and Benny Lee Howell. Because she was an only child and her mother a widow, they brought her to live with them. Karoline received her American citizenship as soon as they settled in this country.

After retirement they returned to Laurel Hill to live out their lives. A.B. worked at the Laurel Hill school and Karoline drove a school bus and the students loved her. She continued to keep her bus driverís license current!

A.B. Howell died four years ago with lung cancer. Michael called his mother each evening at 6 p.m. after his dad died. She looked forward to those calls and family knew not to call her at that hour. Last year her son, Benny Lee Howell, died.

She leaves her son Michael and Jett Howell; grandchildren, Amber Howell, Dakota Howell, Benny Howell; two great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Ray Howell (Mary Beth), sister-in-law, Estelle Howell Rogers (Doug); nieces and nephews and numerous friends. Her Gallery Gals of Laurel Hill Red Hat Sisters will miss her very much.

The family wishes to thank you for your prayers, love and support during this time. There will be no public service, her wishes to be cremated are being honored.



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