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Emily J. Howard

Emily J. Howard

March 28, 1927 - February 18, 2019     Age: 91

Emily Jones Howard, 91, of Fernandina Beach passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019 at Quality Health.

Born in Callahan and raised on a large farm, she was the daughter of the late Pasco and Wilma Braddock Jones.  Her family roots can be traced back to the Spanish Colonial rule in Florida’s history.  Her father was a long time county commissioner in the days of Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency. She grew up with several sisters and one brother.  Her brother, John P. Jones, was killed in action in France during World War II and is buried there.

During World War II she met and married her husband, Charles W. “Chuck” Howard. After the war they moved to his native Texas. It was there they began their family and had their sons, Chuck, Jr. and David.

In 1960 they relocated to Fernandina Beach.  They immediately joined the local congregation of the Church of Christ and would remain members for the rest of their lives.  Emily and her husband were wonderful Christian servants.

Emily was a self-educated lady who was known for her intelligence, quick wit, sense of humor, imagination, and love of natural beauty. She was a fine local artist, published poet and founding member of the Island Art Association.  She was devoted to her family, a great cook, homemaker and a gracious hostess to anyone who visited her home.  Of a kind and friendly nature, she was also a “Steel Magnolia”.  She loved her southern family, its culture and was proud of her heritage.  She hated all types of injustice and insisted on telling the truth.

In 2014 she lost her beloved Chuck but had the strong will to continue on for five more years loving a blessing others in whatever environment she lived in.

She leaves behind her sons, Charles W. Howard, Jr. and David Howard, both of Jacksonville as well as several nieces and nephews and other extended family members.

Her life will be remembered and celebrated at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Church of Christ in Fernandina Beach with Pastor John Wright officiating.

She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Bosque Bello Cemetery at a later date.

Those desiring may make donations in her name to Community Hospice of N.E. Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida  32257.

5 Condolences

  • Carl and Barbara Posted February 20, 2019 6:36 am

    Dearest Chuck and David, we are very sorry to hear about your Mom. I have always had a special place in my heart for her. She and Mr. Howard were examples of how couples were to work together and share their lives, raise their families and serve the Lord. My prayers are with you and the families.

  • Jean Kerry Posted February 21, 2019 5:35 am

    Dear Boys,Your Mom was that special lady who was grace, love,and kindness all at the same time.
    Thank you for sharing her.

  • Rodney Smith Posted February 22, 2019 7:45 pm

    Sorry for your loss. What an outstanding lady, mom , and artist.

  • Rhonda Vari Posted February 28, 2019 1:20 pm

    Dear David and Chuck, It is so hard for me to find the words that I feel for the loss of your mother. I too loved her and enjoyed our every meeting. She was so welcoming and warm to me on each meeting. I enjoyed her personality and simply just being with her as she was entertaining, comical and had me laughing quite a bit. She was an amazing woman with many talents. She sold many gorgeous paintings of the local birds and ocean environment. She was the art director in Fernandina Beach and published a book about life in that beautiful place. I remember that she once told me to rearrange the art pictures in my home from time to time to keep up the interest on the walls. I have followed that advice and continue to change the pictures around in memory of her. She was a good Christian woman and in my heart I will always miss her. May she rest in peace in the world that awaits us all.

  • Laura Morris Posted February 28, 2019 1:25 pm

    Dear Chuck & David, I am so very sorry about your Mom. I loved your Mom & Dad so much. Your Dad built my first home in Fernandina & my Dad built my last. My prayers are with you and the family.

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