AUSTINTOWN A funeral service celebrating the life of Mrs. Mary Lee Howell will be held Friday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. the Tabernacle Baptist Church.
On Aug. 9, 2013, Mary Lee Howell departed this life to be with our Lord Savior Jesus Christ after a long illness.
Mary was born April 19, 1962 in Welch, W.Va., a daughter of Willis and Louvenia Berger Smith.
Mary was a 1980 graduate of East High School and she attended Youngstown State University. She graduated with a Bachelor in Business from Malone College in Canton, and in 1986, she gave her life to the Lord and became a minister. She was a faithful member of Jesus Christ True Church of the Apostolic Faith Youngstown, where she ministered and witnessed to those who crossed her path.
Mary worked as a fiscal supervisor for DRC-Ohio State Penitentiary and Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources for 28 years. She truly loved her DRC family.
Mary loved praising the Lord, interior decorating, floral arrangements, gardening and fishing.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband, Robert L. Howell, whom she married on Aug. 30, 1986; her grandson, Earl B. Lewis IV, whom she reared of Youngstown; her mother, Louvenia Taylor of Grove City, Ohio; her father and stepmother, Willis and Nancy Smith of Columbus; two sons, Delonte (Tanar) Smith of Cleveland and Earl B. Lewis III of Youngstown; a sister, Connie (Stan) Treece of Grove City; four brothers, Willis (Patrice) Smith of Columbus, Leonard Smith, Alonzo Smith, all of Youngstown, and William Smith of Dallas; half brother, Ernest Smith Columbus; a host of grandchildren; and other relatives and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, James and Pastor Willie Mae Jackson, Overa Lee Smith and John and Mary Smith; a brother, Clyde Smith; and half sister Kim Bagley.
Friends may call Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Washington Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends Friday one hour prior to services at the church.
Please visit jewashingtonfuneralservices.com to leave condolences and to sign the online guestbook.
Ministry of comfort provided by the J.E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.