Bev Howard

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Straub's Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation
325 NE 3rd Ave.
Camas, WA

July 19, 1932 ˜ February 24, 2019

Bev Howard, 86, a longtime resident of Camas, WA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 24th, 2019, with family by her side. The daughter of Seymour and Marjorie Howard, Bev was born on July 19th, 1932 in Port Angeles, WA. She moved to Camas at an early age and graduated from high school in 1950. She was very active in cheerleading, choir and band.
Bev began her work career as a key punch operator, working for the Crown Zellerbach Corporation, programing early computing systems. She held various sales positions and was employed by Bogel & Gates Law as an accounts manager.
But Bev’s true and lifelong passions were cooking and entertaining. She was the consummate hostess. Bev created, operated and managed five restaurants in various locations around Washington. She loved to prepare food and cater parties. Bev was totally in her element when planning special events for family, friends and community affairs. She was very generous and provided meals and comfort to many families and individuals that were in need of care and support.
Bev married Howard Lorenz in 1951 and together they raised three children, Linda, Karen and Steve. She had an unconditional love for her children and was a second mom to many of their friends.
Bev married John Horning in 1978 and they enjoyed many years living on Bainbridge Island and Hood Canal. They both loved the majestic beauty of Puget Sound and their daily ferry commute to work in Seattle.
Her hobbies included foraging mushrooms, boating, gardening, painting, entertaining and was an accomplished pianist. She loved her “Cays Cousins” and spending time on the Olympic Peninsula with family. Bev’s motto, handed down by her father was: Work Hard - Play Hard. She was always true to this motto.
Bev is survived by her three children: Linda (Steve) Stoller, Karen Lewis and Steve (Kris) Lorenz; beloved grandchildren, Courtney Roberts, Collin Stoller, Shaun Lewis, Malia Lewis and Joseph Lorenz; of special joy were great-grandchildren, Delaney, Aiden, Jack, Tatum, Ben and Gabe; and her sister, Gwen Rosbach of Port Townsend, WA.
A special thank you goes to the staff at the Touchmark Devonshire, for their compassionate and loving care given to Bev this past year.
A family graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 18th at 11:00 AM at the Dungeness Cemetery, 2153 Lotzgesell Rd., Sequim, WA. A reception will follow at the Cedars at Dungeness golf course.
Memorial contributions can be made to Peace Health Hospice Care of Vancouver.
Straub’s Funeral Home and The Dungeness Cemetery are in charge of the services.
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 10, 2019
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