Mary Ella Collins Howard, 87
By Whitley Clifton | February 20, 2020 3:30 pm
Funeral services for Mary Ella Collins Howard, 87, were held Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Swainsboro Auditorium with Rev. Andre Patterson presiding and Rev. Minnie Pitts serving as the eulogist. Repast was held at Midville Community Center. She transitioned to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
Mary Ella Collins Howard was born October 28, 1932 in Midville to William H. Collins and Eva Mae Mandle. She loved God at an early age, and she joined Saint Paul AME Church in Midville. She was the secretary of this church for 45 years until sickness took its toll.
Howard was educated in Midville early on but graduated from Millen High School. She was a retired educator from Burke County School System.
She married Morris Henry Howard Sr., and to this union, eight children were born. Howard was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three children, Andrea Howard, Marvis Ann, and James Edward Howard; as well as one grandson, Darius Ray Harden.
She was beloved by many and became affectionately known as “Mama.” She set standards in the way she dressed and was admired for wearing high heels until 83 of her 87 years.
Survivors include four daughters, Jeanette (Anthony Ray) Harden of Swainsboro, Geneva Howard of Augusta, Mary Ann Hall of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Doris Jean Howard of Lauderhill, Florida; one son, Morris Henry (Elizabeth) Howard Jr. of Fort Lauderdale; three granddaughters, Tiffany Angel Howard of Duluth, Aljeana Tauqueata (Nathaniel) Bellamy of Stockbridge, and Zoe Andrea Thomas of Lauderhill; three grandsons, Christopher (Belinda) Hall of West Palm Beach, Florida, Wyatt Morris Howard of Lauderhill, and Clifton O’Neil Hall Jr. of Fort Lauderdale; three great-grandchildren, Christianna Hall, Naleon Darisu Bellamy, and Nyla Alonya Bellamy; three special friends from PruittHealth Nursing Home, Deon Asble,, Lola Jackson, and Kenny Edmond; and a host of relatives, family, and friends.
Pallbearers were Lee Edmond, Christopher O’Neal Hall, Clifton O’Neil Hall Jr., Al Holmes, Marcus Mahone, and Robert Underwood. Flower bearers were family and friends of the family.
Mosley’s Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.