LIMA, Ohio — Bernice I. Howard, 91, of Lima, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at 4:20 p.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 14, 1928, in Lima, to Elvie L. Sakemiller; she preceded her in death. She married John L. Howard on Feb. 19, 1948; he preceded her in death on April 26, 1987.

Survivors include:

Sons — Jan D. Howard of Lima and Stephen P. Howard of Columbus, Ohio

Daughters — Melanie F. (Kevin) Howard Crawford of Lima, Susan P. (Tom) Kanode of London, Ohio, and Camilla E. (John) Irons of Lima

Sister — Piccola Houck of Sidney, Ohio

She was preceded in death by a son, Tracy L. Howard.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Pastor Fred Rowe will officiate. Burial will follow in Hartford Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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