FORT WORTH- Rena Winona Downey Howard, age 99, of Euless Texas, died peacefully at home July 25, 2020.
Arrangements are being handled by Brown, Owens and Brumley, 425 S Henderson, Ft. Worth. There will be a visitation with social distancing and masks in the chapel at the funeral home from 11:00-12:00 Saturday, August 8. Winona will be laid to rest beside her husband, Dan, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be donated to Foundation Church, 505 W. Harwood, Euless, Texas 76039 or to Meals on Wheels.
Winona, known by many of her friends as Winnie, was born on February 28, 1921 to John Ezra and Rena Downey in Fayette, Missouri. Winona was the youngest of seven children born and raised on the family farm. She attended a one-room school near her home and completed high school in Sedalia while living with her sister, Eva, and brother-in-law, Frank Lewis.
While working at the People’s Cafe in Rantoul, Illinois, she met Dan Hallowell an engineering student at the University of Illinois. They married in 1942 before he left to serve in WWII. They had four children before Dan’s death in 1959. Winona and her children lived in Euless, TX where she later married James Copeland Howard in 1973. She was a lifelong homemaker who was known for her beautiful garden and welcoming holiday feasts. An avid reader, Winona also loved to play games and made many of her children’s clothes. Her faith was very important to her.
Winona was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, her 6 siblings and one grandchild.
Survivors: her four children; Carol Greenwald (Jim), Kathy Knerr (Barry), Suellen Holm (Steve), Dan Hallowell (Wendie), step-daughter Joy Daniel (Bob), 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.