Ruby May (Binder) Howell enjoyed caring for people as a nurse

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | 9:09 p.m. CDT; updated 6:16 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 11, 2012

COLUMBIA — Ruby May (Binder) Howell of Columbia, died on April 9, 2012. She was 67.

Her death came after a recently fought battle with multiple myeloma, and nine years of suffering from the after-effects of a brain aneurysm and stroke.


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Mrs. Howell was born in Leola, S.D., to Rachel and Arthur Binder.

She graduated from Plainview Academy in 1962 in Redfield, S.D., and received her licensed practical nursing certificate from Porter Hospital in Denver.

Mrs. Howell met Rodger Howell while he was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base and the two were married in 1965.

The family lived in Independence and Joplin, as well as Salinas, Calif., before moving to Hannibal in 1976 to be near Rodger’s family.

Mrs. Howell was a stay-at-home mom until she returned to nursing part-time. She eventually went back to school at Hannibal LaGrange College and received her registered nursing degree. She enjoyed reminding her kids that she had a perfect 4.0 GPA.

She enjoyed her work as a nurse, caring for older patients especially, first at Levering Hospital, later at St. Elizabeth’s hospital, and finally at Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Her parents died earlier.

She is survived by her sister, Miriam Shears of Colorado; a brother, LaVern Binder, of Missouri; three children, Renee (Howell) Hulshof and husband, Kenny, of Columbia, Rhonda (Howell) Peeples and husband, Clayburn, of Trenton, Tenn., and Ryan Howell and wife, Katie, of Baltimore, Md.; and 10 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 am Saturday at the Community of Christ Church, 1111 Fairview Rd., in Columbia.  A memorial service will follow at 1 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Outreach International, or the Multiple Myeloma Society.

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