HOWELL, MARY LOU “MUFFY”, of Grand Rapids, born February 19,
1927, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2018 and is now resting
comfortably in the arms of her loving God.
She has rejoined her beloved husband, Deac (Richard Howell), daughter,
Anne and brother, Tom Wilson, who preceded her in death.
Muffy was an extraordinarily kind and loving woman who was a devoted
wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Behind her gentle manner was a woman of incredible strength and
resilience, and through the tough times was always able to rally those
Besides her family, she had many dear friends with whom she and Deac
shared many wonderful times.
Muffy was also a woman of deep faith who was very active over the years
at her home parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary, where, to the end, she was
a faithful member of the funeral luncheon crew.
She left a lasting impression on everyone who knew her, and we will all
miss her very much.
She is survived by her children, Dick and Sue Howell, Mary Elizabeth
Howell, Mike Howell, Maureen (Dr. Dave) Krhovsky, Sharon Howell,
Jim and Tracy Howell; grandchildren, Mary and Brian Hannon, David
Krhovsky, Jr. and his girlfriend Dr. Jenn Cannon and Mark and Hailey
Krhovsky and their expected child due in August; great-grandchildren,
Luke and Noah Hannon; sisters, Barb Gillespie, Shirley and Bob Hickey;
sister-in-law, Suzy Howell; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday, February 28 at 11:00
AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1935 Plymouth SE.
Rosary will be recited Tuesday 7:30 PM. Visitation will be Tuesday 2:00
to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst
Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE and Wednesday one hour prior to the
service at church. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to Catholic Central Advancement Office,
Cathedral Square Center, 360 Division Ave. S., Grand Rapids, MI
49503-4501, The Kilgoar Foundation, Immaculate Heart of Mary, 1935
Plymouth Se, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, or Dominican Sisters-Grand
Rapids, Marywood Legacy Campaign, 2025 East Fulton, Grand Rapids,