Mary Ann (Archer) Howard, age 87, of Lamar, MO, passed away peacefully at home Friday, November 9th, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Mary Ann was born November 13, 1930, to George and Laura Archer, in Adrian, MO, where she grew up and attended school. After graduating high school, Mary Ann attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, MO, and University of Missouri in Columbia to study vocal music. 

 During her collegiate years, Mary Ann met her future husband, Kenneth Howard, on a blind date.  She and Kenneth married September 2nd, 1951, and shared 67 precious years together.  Mary Ann was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. A long-time member of the Lamar United Methodist Church, Mary Ann loved singing in the choir and directing the children’s choir.

She was known to be a talented pianist, organist, and vocalist who taught students in her home for many years, including several of her grandchildren.

Mary Ann loved nature and being outside in her flower garden. Every spring she looked forward to when she could begin to plant her garden. 

Mary Ann grew up on a farm with many animals and always allowed her children to have an assortment of pets, including: dogs, cats, horses, and ducks. For a time, she had a pet quail and a pet raccoon.

Her husband and family were blessed daily by her lifelong pursuit to love and serve them. Holidays at the Howard’s were an extravaganza of beautifully decorated trees and tables, with plenty of wonderful food. Birthdays were always celebrated by a precisely planned homemade meal. Making cheesecakes was her specialty.

Mary Ann’s memory will be cherished by her friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Howard. Additional survivors include 3 children: Nancy Adams (John), David Howard (Joani), and Susan Roland (Curt), all of Lamar, MO. 8 grandchildren: Allison Van Da Griff (Travis) of Webb City, MO, Emily Adams of Joplin, MO, Daniel Howard of Queen Creek, Arizona, Katlyne Hoelscher (Brennan) of Troy, MO, Taylor Howard of Waialua, Hawaii, Kailey Jungmann (Brenyn) of Webb City, MO, Kenna Russell (Jacob) of Lenexa, KS, and Kip Roland of Lamar, MO. 5 great-grandchildren: Ayla Van Da Griff, Chloe Howard, Rory Howard, Grady Hoelscher, and Hayes Hoelscher.

 Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, George and Laura Archer, and two brothers, George P. Archer and John E. Archer.

Visitation will be Monday, November 12 at 10 a.m. at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar, MO with funeral services following at 11 a.m.  The burial will be at Lake Cemetery after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lamar United Methodist Church or the Barton County Libraries (Children’s Collection).


#10 Sherwood ArkansasBon and Joan Franks 2018-12-11 20:42
To Ken and the entire Howard family, Joan and I so sorry to learn of Maryann’s passing. Whata wonderful, classy lady. We truly enjoyed every minute we spent with the two of you. We will miss her smile and fun times. RIP Maryann you had a great life and touched many.
#9 springfield, mophyl rohlfing 2018-11-14 11:09
So sorry for your loss. Maryann was a very talented and gracious lady.
#8 Lockwood, MOKen & Lila Roller 2018-11-12 18:09
Kenneth and family, so sorry to hear about the passing of Mary Ann. Regret that we could not attend the visitation and memorial service because of the weather. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our love and deepest sympathy.
#7 Golden City, MOClaude Howard 2018-11-12 17:30
Sorry to miss the service. Prayers to all the family.
#6 sheldon, moMelissa Smith 2018-11-12 17:24
I'm so sorry to here this Susan she was a great boss and friend I love cleaning for her. She will be missed
#5 RE: Mary Ann HowardJohn and Marcia Bary 2018-11-12 14:41
Our deepest sympathies to your entire family
#4 Lamar, Mo.Wayne &Theresa Percy 2018-11-11 21:06
Susan our deepest heart felt sympathy for your lose. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayer's.
#3 LamarRuss & Pam Logan 2018-11-11 15:34
So very sorry for this enormous loss. So hard for you all. Our love and prayers for you all.
#2 Oxford FloridaDoug and Rayma Davis 2018-11-11 11:47
We are so sorry for your loss. You have been and are in our prayers.
#1 Jerico Springs, MOChris Moffat 2018-11-09 23:02
My heartfelt condolences to the family of Maryann. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

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