Patricia Howard, 79

Patricia A. Howard, 79, formerly of Tri Lakes, died at 3:10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Renaissance Village, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident for the past 3 ½ years.She was born Feb. 5, 1933, in Speedway, a daughter of K. Harold and Mary P. (Phillips) Johnson. As a child, the family moved to South Whitley. She graduated from South Whitley High School. On Aug. 18, 1951, she was united in marriage to Richard F. “Pete” Howard. With the exception of one year in Syracuse, they made their home in South Whitley until 1983 when they moved to Tri Lakes. Mr. Howard died Feb. 8, 2009.A full-time homemaker raising five children, she was also employed at the former 30 Club, Columbia City for 12 years. Surviving relatives include five children, Jan (Larry) Keller of Witmer Lake, Hal (Jean) Howard of Charleston, S.C., James (Janet) Howard of South Whitley, Steven (Kim) Howard of Orlando, Fla. and William (Cathy) Howard of Columbia City; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great- great-grandchild; two sisters, Marianne Duggins of Cicero and Vicki Sheppard of North Manchester and a brother, Richard Johnson of South Whitley. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley with Rev. Gene Rohrer officiating. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.Condolences may be sent to