Carolyn Frances Howard, 72, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, passed from this life October 1, 2023, in Nowata County, Oklahoma. She was born February 8, 1951, in Coffeyville, Kansas, to Jack Dale Lowrey Sr. and Geraleen S. (Miller) Lowrey. Carolyn attended first and second grade in the Delaware School System and then transferred to the Lenapah Schools from which she graduated in 1969. She continued her studies at Oklahoma Baptist University in the 1969-1970 school year and then transferred to Southwestern State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1973.
On August 10, 1974, she married the love of her life, Harry “Buzzy” Howard Jr. in Lenapah. They lived in South Coffeyville for one year before moving to rural South Coffeyville, where they lived the remainder of their lives. Carolyn worked at Funk Manufacturing in Coffeyville from 1974-1978. Carolyn worked at First Federal Savings and Loan, Peerless materials in Lenapah, Welch State Bank in South Coffeyville, where she retired in 2014.
Carolyn was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church and was currently a member of the Lenapah First Baptist Church, where she substituted as the pianist. She also enjoyed flower gardening, making flower arrangements for the school, bank and church. Carolyn enjoyed collecting rocks from the different states they visited. She was a proud member of the Cherokee Nation and currently served as the secretary/treasurer of Native American Fellowship Inc. (NAFI). Carolyn loved her family. Her husband, daughter, son, grandchildren, great grandson, and other family members all had a special place in her heart. She was there for all her family and will be missed by them and a host of friends.
Preceding Mrs. Howard in death are her parents: Jack and Geraleen Lowrey, a nephew: Jessie Lowrey, a sister in law: Lisa Lowrey, and JR and Phyllis Smith.
Survivors include her husband: Harry “Buzzy” Howard of the home, a daughter: Kristie Blagg and husband, Ken of South Coffeyville, a son: Timothy Howard and wife, Sharla of South Coffeyville, four grandsons: Cody Howard and wife, Becca of South Coffeyville, Colby Howard of South Coffeyville, Dally Ellis of Nowata, Dillon Ellis of Hugo, Oklahoma, a great grandson: Carter Wyatt Howard, two bonus grandchildren and 4 bonus great grandchildren from Ashdown, Arkansas, two brothers Jackie Lowrey Jr. and Jim Lowrey, Harry Howard Sr. and wife, Phyllis and many other relatives and a host of friends.
The family will receive friends at Benjamin Funeral Home from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Friday, October 6, 2023. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 7, at the First Baptist Church in Nowata. Burial will follow at Mt. Washington Cemetery in Lenapah, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carolyn’s name to the First Baptist Church Building Fund at P.O. Box 36 Lenapah, OK 74042.