- Published: September 17, 2009
Mona Ruth (Jackson) Howard died on August 18 at age 84 with sound mind and spirit. She was born August 31, 1925, in Bellefontaine, to Mary Ann and Robert Irvin Jackson. She retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force base in 1976, after employment as a computer systems analyst. She was known for creating beautiful beaded jewelry and crocheting afghan blankets and hats for family, friends, schools and nursing homes where she lived.
For the past 30 years she lived six months each in Yellow Springs and in Casa Grande, Ariz. She fell in love with the culture, people, land and weather of Arizona. She often commented that a person could not feel depressed there because the sun was always shining. She looked forward to the cross-country trip by automobile twice each year with her husband of 54 years, Vernie Howard, who died in 1999.
Mona was also preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Harry (Lesta) Jackson, Robert (Dolores) Jackson, Larry Jackson, John (Jackie) Jackson and Charles (Marilyn) Jackson. She is survived by one daughter, LiAnne Howard of Cincinnati; one son, Robert Smith (Maria) Howard of Loganville, Ga.; and two grandsons, Liyob Ras Donel Howard and Ariel Soto. She also leaves two sisters, Martha Christine (Earl) Stewart of Grove City and Barbara Ann (Gordon) Riley of New Carlisle and two brothers, William D. Jackson of Bellefontaine and Gordon Henry (Janet) Jackson of McKees Rock, Pa. She also leaves a great many beloved nieces, nephews, in-laws and neighbors in Yellow Springs and Casa Grande whom she loved as a family, and many friends whom she cherished throughout the country.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.–noon, at Jackson Lytle and Williams Funeral Home, 322 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs.