Wanda L. Howard

May 31, 1938 – July 27, 2020

Wanda L. Howard, 82, rural Akron, went home at 8:59 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2020, at her residence.

Wanda was born on May 31, 1938, in Hazelgreen, Mo., to the late Orla Ray and Anna (Levine) James.

On June 17, 1962, in Crawfordsville, in the Nazarene church, she married Dr. J. Arthur “Jerry” Howard. He survives.

She was a graduate of Alamo High School in 1955. She furthered her education at Greenville College, Greenville, Ill., with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Wanda then attained her master’s degree from Purdue University in 1974.

She was a school teacher for Crawfordsville (Montgomery County) and the Carroll County Schools. Then in 1965 she and her husband moved to Leiters Ford, where she taught for Culver Schools until she retired in 2001.

She was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. Wanda was known as an accomplished musician, playing the marimba in countless conventions, Youth for Christ rallies and churches across the U.S. and Canada. She also played the vibraharp and piano.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. J. Arthur “Jerry” Howard, Akron; her sons, Jonathan Arthur and wife Bethany Howard, Warsaw, and James Theodore Howard and husband Mitchell Ligotino, Raleigh, N.C.; her grandchildren, Luke, David and Tommy; and her brother, the Rev. Rob “Bob” and wife Jean James, Rensselaer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orla Ray and Anna James; and her sister, Onalee James.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor David Eaton and the Rev. Dale Howard officiating. For the health of all in attendance, masks will be required, following the state mandate. Burial will take place following the service in the Athens (Mount Hope) Cemetery. Visitation hours will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Akron United Methodist Church or to Kindred Hospice. Family and friends may share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

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