Evelyn Howell
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Evelyn Howell, 99, passed away Feb. 5, 2021, at Glenwood Place in Vancouver, WA. She was born in Sumas, WA, in 1921 to Charles and Martha Christen. Evelyn married Vernon Howell in 1938 and lived in Whatcom County, WA, until 1955 when they moved the family to Vancouver.
Evelyn worked as a school bus driver and switchboard operator, but spent most of her time caring for her family at home. She enjoyed participating on local bowling teams, traveling, was a sports enthusiast and an avid Portland Trail Blazers fan.
Evelyn loved spending time with family and adored her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Arlene Funk (J.R.); son, Mark Howell; grandchildren, Becky Bittner (Jim), Traci Viers (Bart), Tyler Huff (Sherri), Kelly Mandavia (Sujal); 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Howell; and daughter, Lana Proffitt; parents; brother, Leonard; and sisters, Vera, Loie, Aura and Carol.
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 10, 2021.
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February 13, 2021
I'm saddened to hear that Evelyn has passed away. I worked at Glenwood for a breif time, and Evelyn was truly my favorite resident. When I would go to answer her calls, we would spend time talking and shared many giggles. We had our own little ritual... Each time I would leave her room, I would say "see you later alligator" and she would reply "after awhile crocodile", and we would both giggle. She could never remember my name, but she always recognized my face and was happy to see me. That made my job so much easier, and I loved caring for her. I loved Evelyn.
My condolences to the family. She was a true gem.
Cheryl Tangocci
February 10, 2021
Oh Evelyn, I'm saddened by this news. Terrific childhood neighbors and friends. My condolences goes out to the family. Remember Dad and I making it to your 75th Wedding Anniversary.
Regina (Swanson) George
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