Ruth White Howe, 87, of Little Rock, died Nov. 18, 2017.

 Ruth White Howe, 87, of Little Rock, died Nov. 18, 2017.  

She was born in Dallas, Texas to Ralph and Fay White on Oct. 4, 1930.  As a child, her family moved to Helena, where she lived until moving to Little Rock in September. 

She leaves her husband of 63 years, Otis W. Howe Jr.; a son, Otis W. Howe III (Dawn); a daughter, Mary Fay Howe Turley (Chris),; grandchildren Jessica Howe Cogburn (Jeremy), Peter Howe (Sara Kate), Kayla Turley Trimble (Nick), Rachel Turley; and great -grandchildren, Jacob and Mollie Howe.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bobby.

She graduated from Helena-West Helena High School and received a degree in education from Southern Methodist University where she was a member of Chi Omega.  Prior to her marriage she taught school in Rose City.  She was devoted to her family, and was a Cub Scout den mother and room mother for her children.  She served on the St. John’s altar guild and the Helena Hospital Auxiliary.  Ruth was honored to receive the Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary.

Funeral services will be at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Helena on Friday, Nov.24 at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery followed by lunch at the church. 

The family requests that memorials be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Maple Hill Cemetery, DeSoto School, or the Phillips County Museum.

Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, Helena-West Helena is in charge of the services.  

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