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ORO VALLEY, Ariz. – Mary Elizabeth Howard, age 89, formerly of Rock Falls died Friday, April 7, 2017 at her daughters home in Ora Valley, Ariz.
Mary was born on December 18, 1927 in Sterling the daughter of Elmer and Elizabeth (Collins) Cain. She married Jasper Locey on March 19, 1947. He preceded her in death August 29, 1954. Mary married Alfred Payne on September 6, 1958 and later married Earl Howard on May 2, 1975. He preceded her on May 24, 1986. Mary was employed a Cook for 19 years at Candlelight Inn Restaurant in Sterling and as a Dietary at CGH Medical Center for 18 years retiring in 2006. She loved her grandchildren and cats. Mary enjoyed playing bingo, working crossword puzzles and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
Survivors include eight daughters, Mary Jeanine (Jim) Matthews of Oro Valley, Ariz.; Kathy Hansen of Sterling, Linda (George) Heerdt of Rock Falls, Shirla (Doug) Troxell of Rock Falls, Vicki (Jim) Engels of Arkansas, Vicki (John) Surrat of Dixon, Kathy (Jack) Van Horn of Rock Falls and Chris (Todd) Beck of Sterling; four sons, Gerald (Sherry) Locey of Wayne City and Michael Locey of Rock Falls, Sonny (Debbie) Howard of Chadwick and John (Beth) Howard of Rock Falls; two brothers, Jim (Eve) Cain of Newport Richie, Fla. and Arlyn (Judy) Cain of Rock Falls; 46 grandchildren; and 84 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters; one sister and two brothers.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. Memorial service will be at 12:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.