Ruth Maxine Howitt
Grew up in Streetsboro
Ruth Maxine Howitt, 81, died Oct. 1, 2013, at the Heritage of Elmwood nursing home surrounded by those who loved her.
Ms. Howitt was the oldest child of William and Mary Howitt and grew up in Streetsboro. She graduated from Kent High School. Throughout the years, she was employed at Kent State University, Hattie Larlham, flower shops, nursing homes and at Columbian Vise in Bedford.
In 1971, Ms. Howitt and her daughter moved to Muskego, Wis., where she lived for eight years. She returned home to care for her aging parents. In 2000, she returned to Wisconsin to live with her daughter and family in rural Durand. She resided in Durand until August of 2012 when she became a resident of the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home. She loved to be of use and to help others, traits for which she will be most remembered.
Ms. Howitt was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Martha Joan Cordell.
She is survived by daughter Ella (John) Shaw of Durand, Wis.; grandsons Jack and Noah, both of Eau Claire, Wis.; step-granddaughter Alisa Shaw of Suamico, Wis., and her children, Kyla and Lexi Marks; step-grandson Andy Shaw of Kaukana, Wis.; brothers Elwood (Mary Ann) Howitt of Streetsboro and Ernest (Marion) Howitt of Muskego, Wis.; nieces and nephews Eric (Lisa) Howitt and their children and Wendy Davis and her children, all of Streetsboro; Cheryl Reese and her children of Celina; Andy (Debbie) Howitt and children of Appleton, Wis.; Beth (Dennis) Thompson and children, Cristy (Terry) Crider and children, and Bill (Catherine) Cordell, all of Florida.
Funeral services were Oct. 7 at Streetsboro United Methodist Church with the Rev. Byron George officiating. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro. Memorials should be directed in memory of Ms. Howitt to the Heritage of Elmwood nursing home, 232 Springer Ave., Elmwood, WI 54740.