Paula Louise (Baron) Howard of Springfield died Monday, May 27, 2019, at 6:00 a.m.
She was born December 4, 1931 in Springfield, MO to Paul & Marion (Brittian) Baron. She attended and graduated from St. Agnes Catholic School in Springfield and also St. John’s School of Nursing. It was in her nursing career that she met her true love, Charles Howard. They were married on June 11, 1953, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Springfield, MO. Paula’s Catholic faith was always important to her and through this she passed her faith on to their eight children and to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Through the course of her life, Paula would not only be a nurse, but also was a dairy farmer’s wife and stood alongside her husband helping him in all aspects that she could. When they retired from the farm life in Willard and moved back to Springfield, both Paula and Charles opened a music shop called “Podners” where they spent a few years selling country music instruments.
After the death of her husband from nearly fifty years of marriage, Paula was able to spend more time at her “home away from home”, St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was involved in many committees, prayer groups, and volunteered faithfully every week for a holy hour at the Adoration Chapel. I think aside from her biological family this faith family was her favorite thing to be part of through the week.
The survivors are: children w/ spouses or significant others: Becky Schonert & Angel Ramos (Dallas, Texas); John & Renee Howard (Springfield, MO); Marcia Howard (Republic, MO); Tery Howard & Gary Wyland (Republic, MO); Susan Howard (Rogersville, MO); Paul & Valerie Howard (Columbia, MO); Dana Howard (Fort Wayne, IN); Mary & Shawn Rowley (Halfway, MO).
Grandchildren: Andy & Katie Schonert, Jeff & Natalia Schonert; Ryan Howard, David Howard; Adam Owens, Ashley & Jason Wilson, Anna & Israel Franciso-Behena; Gina & David Lockwood; Jennifer Evans, Kenneth Evans; Ethan Howard, Arabella Howard; Monica Howard; Zach & Dani Rowley, Emily Rowley.
Great Grandchildren: Clara & Charlie Schonert; Pili Schonert; Liliana Howard; Ava & Tessa Owens; Mason, Matthew, Madison, Madox Wilson; Samuel, Chance & Andrew Pollard.
Brothers: David & Barbara Baron; Xavier Baron; Dick & Shelley Baron; Marty Baron.
In-laws: Rick Bridges; Rex Moore; Jerome Kutz .
Host of nieces and nephews and cousins.
Deceased Members: Charles Howard (husband), Joseph Howard (son), Mary Ann Kutz & Christine Baron (sisters) Paul & Marion Baron (parents), Sandy Baron and Gayle Smith (sisters-in-law), and many other loving family members
We all learned valuable information and faith from Paula and she will be missed deeply by all of her family members and friends both near and far. God bless you Mom, grandma, sister, aunt, and friend. We love you and have so much to carry with us from your life we were blessed to share with you.
Visitation will be held from 5:30 pm -7:00 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E. Walnut in Springfield where a Rosary will begin at 7:00 pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, May 30, 2019 in St. Joseph Catholic Church 1115 N. Campbell Avenue in Springfield with Father Karl Barmann, Father Pat Wissman an Father Scott Sunnenberg celebrating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Springfield.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Academy, 515 W. Scott Street, Springfield, Missouri 65802.
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