Official Obituary of

Mary Kathryn (Chapman) Howard

October 30, 1934 ~ March 10, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Mary Howard Obituary

Mary Kathryn "Kay" Howard, 89, Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Marion, Indiana passed away at 10:05 a.m. on March 10, 2024, at Community South Medical Center in Greenwood, Indiana. Heaven just became a little more interesting and lively. She was born on October 30, 1934, to Frederick and Nora (Baker) Chapman in Moultrie County, Illinois

 Mary graduated from Somerset High School in 1952, where she also participated in the band. She has passed her musical legacy onto a few of her children and grandchildren. On March 14, 1953, she married Richard “Red” Howard and they raised four wonderful boys.

In her spare time, she enjoyed decorating and making crafts. Mary was immensely creative. She thoroughly enjoyed cooking, baking, relishing her favorite foods. She also enjoyed listening to Ray Charles and Dave “Baby” Cortez. She had a legendary green thumb when working in her beautiful garden.

Mary is survived by her four sons; Dana (Patty) Howard of Rockville, Indiana, Tom (Cindy) Howard of Martinsville, Indiana, Pat (Cyndia) Howard of Tampa, Florida, and James Howard of Greenwood, Indiana; grandchildren, Kelly (Stacy) Howard, Chrissy Myers, Erica (Paul) Pritchard, Richard (Lane) Howard, Shawn (Shelby) Howard, Daniel (Amber) Howard, Kyle Howard, Jenna (Bradley) Wilson; Ten great-grandchildren, Cameron, Avery, Maverick, Victoria, Austin, Lena, Karisa, Corbin, Jaxson, and Harlie Mae; One great-great-grandson, Lucas. She was preceded in death by both parents; her husband; her sister, Irene Parks; her brother, Jim Chapman; and her half-brother, Loren Miller.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024, at LaFontaine I.O.O.F Cemetery, LaFontaine, Indiana 46940 with Pastor Susan Shambaugh officiating.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at the funeral home.

McDonald Funeral Homes, LaFontaine Chapel, 104 South Main Street, LaFontaine, Indiana 46940, have been trusted with Mary Howard’s final arrangements.

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March 14, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
LaFontaine Chapel
104 S. Main Street
LaFontaine, IN 46940

Graveside Service
March 15, 2024

11:00 AM
LaFontaine IOOF Cemetery
State Road 15
LaFontaine, IN 46940


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