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Alice Sublett Howe

Alice Sublett Howe was a small woman, but she exhibited uncommon strength in all areas of her life.

“What I remember most about her was her strength,” her younger brother, Albert Winfield Sublett said. “She was very active.”

Whether she was walking two miles in the mall to stay in shape or taking exotic cruises to the Caribbean and South Pacific, Mrs. Howe always kept busy.

Mrs. Howe, 95, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Mountain View, Calif. She had been living in Mountain View near her two daughters for the past two years.

Mrs. Howe was born Dec. 20, 1915, the oldest of William H. Sublett and Claira Wade (Chandler) Sublett’s six children. Mrs. Howe and her five brothers grew up on the family’s farm east of Columbia.

“My father was born in that house, and all six children were born in that house,” Mrs. Howe's brother Thomas Sublett said. The family later relocated to a farm on Richland Road in 1939.

After graduating from University High School, Mrs. Howe attended MU, where she took courses in home economics and met her husband David O. Howe. The two eloped on April 13, 1937, and had their first daughter, Lenelle, two years later.

Her passion for sewing and tailoring would land her a teaching job at the Terre Haute Singer Sewing Center after the couple moved to Terre Haute, Ind., in 1956.

“She was the most talented seamstress you’ve ever seen,” her sister-in-law Lois Sublett said. “She made all of the girls’ (her daughters’) clothes.”

Mrs. Howe remained supportive and devoted to her husband for over 50 years. She sometimes traveled with him during his time in the Air Force in World War II and worked for both MU and the Kress Five and Ten Cent Store while her husband earned his doctorate in agriculture.

“She took care of him (David) when he got sick,” Albert said. “She always had a cheerful attitude; I never heard her complain.”

After her husband died in 1992, Mrs. Howe took to traveling, sometimes taking cruises and other times driving long distances to see family. When she wasn’t traveling, Mrs. Howe enjoyed gardening and was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Terre Haute.

She is survived by her two daughters, Lenelle Smith and her husband Davidof Los Altos, Calif., and Janine Artz and her husband Stan of Davis, Calif.; two brothers, Albert Winfield Sublett of Columbia and Thomas Sublett and his wife Lois of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Katherine Smith, David Smith Jr. and his wife Jimena, Jeena Artz-Miller and her husband Jason, and Michael Artz; sisters-in-law, Margaret, Charlotte and Edna Sublett, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services will take place at noon, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at the Nilson Funeral Home at 5611 St. Charles Road. The burial service will be at Olivet Cemetery and visitation will be held in the two hours prior to the noon service.

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