Betty Howard, age 84, passed away peacefully, on Tuesday evening, August 11th, 2015, with her beloved nieces by her side.
Born in Poestenkill, on February 16, 1931, and lived in Eagle Mills, Mrs. Howard was the daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth (Myers) Schmidt, and was the wife, for over 30 years, of the late John R. Howard, who predeceased her in 1993.
Betty attended Troy High School and then went on to work as a sales clerk for Wards Distribution Center in Menands, NY. After many years of working, she retired to spend more time at home taking care of her family.
In her spare time, Betty enjoyed taking care of her home, family and friends. She was always willing to drive her friends and family to their errands and activities, and became lovingly known as “Betty’s Taxi Service.” Betty also loved gardening and going to Price Chopper, where she was known for talking to everyone she saw.
She is survived by her three sons; John R. Howard Jr. of Rotterdam, James R. Howard (Ellen Fredrickson) of Eagle Mills, and Jeffrey (Jody) Howard of Troy, her three grandchildren; Matthew, Josh and Nicky Howard, several nieces and nephews, and her good friend and brother-in-law George Baker. In addition to her late parents and husband, Betty is predeceased by her brother Paul Schmidt and sister Florence Baker. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Howard B. Tate and Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7, located in Raymertown. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Poestenkill. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home at 1:00 P.M., August15th.
Contributions may be made to the Poestenkill Christian Church, 721 Snyders Corners Rd, Poestenkill, NY 12140 or to the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave, Menands, NY 12204 in memory of Betty Howard.