Obituaries of Florence Long Howe (1889-1978),
of Lafleche & Glentworth, Saskatchewan, Canada
[Florence Cordelia Long Howe (born Nov 1, 1889; died Nov 24, 1978), widow of Martin Charles Howe (1882-1965); Florence was the 2nd daughter of Robert Henry Long (1861-1950), of Buck Creek, Rockbridge, Richland Co, Wisconsin, by his wife, Eva Mary Jones (1862-1932)]
(Obituaries were found in a Howe Family scrapbook – they were originally published in the Regina & Assiniboia, Saskatchewan newspapers)
“Early Pioneer, Florence Howe, Passes
Funeral Services for the late Mrs. Florence Howe were [held] Nov. 27, 1978 from the Lafleche United Church, Mr. Paul Lowen officiating. Interment took place at the Lafleche Municipal Cemetery. Ross Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
Mrs. Florence C. Howe, former pioneer and resident of the Lafleche and Glentworth districts died in Regina on Nov. 24 at the age of 89 years. Born in Wisconsin in 1889, she attended Teacher’s College and taught school for four years in her home state and two years in Cottonwood, South Dakota. There she met Martin Charles Howe, a young rancher in that area. They were married in July of 1913 in North Portal, Saskatchewan on their way to their new homestead between Lafleche and Wood Mountain. The last leg of their journey was by wagon from Assiniboia to their new home where they lived for the next 40 years.
In 1953, they sold the homestead and relocated on a ranch south of Glentworth. In 1963 they retired to Regina, selling the ranch to sons Bill and Jim who are still residing there. Predeceased by her husband in 1965 and two children, Donald in 1914 and Martin (R.C.A.F.) in 1942. She is survived by five sons: John and Tom of Regina, Pat of Lethbridge, and Bill and Jim of Glentworth; and five daughters: Thelma Carefoot and Mabel Otto of Gladstone, Manitoba, Anne Caragata of Toronto, Shirley Nagel of Regina and Evelyn Howe of Calgary. All of the twelve children were born on the homestead with the attendance of midwife neighbors Mrs. Joe Walters and Mrs. Bill Kuckartz. She is also survived by four sisters and one brother in Wisconsin and Washington, 34 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Following her husband’s death in 1965 she resided for two years with her daughter Shirley in Regina before moving to Mutchmor Lodge where she lived until July of 1976. Failing health required her to move to Pioneer Village Nursing Home in Regina where she resided until her passing.
During her teaching years Mrs. Howe served as organist, choir member and Sunday school teacher in the church and organized drama events in her schools. She served as secretary-treasurer of Happy Hill School District south of Lafleche from the time it opened in 1928 until it closed in the 1940s. Even with her large family, friends and neighbors were always welcome at the family table. She was a wise and loving wife and mother and a helpful friend throughout both the hard times of depression and war and in the good times. Her letters and notes to her many friends and family will be missed. Her life could be described as a persistent concern for others in keeping with the pioneer spirit and a continuing dedication to the ideals of life, love, family, friends, wisdom and God.
Pallbearers were Andre Palmier, Maynard Kuckartz, Stanley James, Harold Anderson, Russell Hansen and Willy Klein. Honorary pallbearers were Eli Jalbert, Harvey Prevost, Bill Fancourt, Merv McIvor and Elvin Mitchell. Memorials were received for the Canadian Save The Children’s Fund.”
Funeral services were held at the Lafleche United Church recently for Mrs. Florence Howe of the Regina Pioneer Village Nursing Home. She was 89. Mrs. Howe was born in Wisconsin. There she taught school for four years before moving to South Dakota, where she met her husband Martin, eventually settling in Lafleche in 1913.
Mrs. Howe homesteaded for 40 years before selling the farm and moving to a ranch in Glentworth. In 1963 she moved to Regina. She is predeceased by her husband and two sons, Donald and Martin Charles.
Mrs. Howe is survived by five sons: John and Tom of Regina; Bill and Jim of Glentworth and Pat of Lethbridge; and five daughters: Thelma Carefoot and Mabel Otto of Gladstone, Manitoba, Anne Caragata of Toronto, Shirley Nagel of Regina and Evelyn Howe of Calgary. She is also survived by 34 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, four sisters and a brother. In memory of Mrs. Howe donations may be made to the Foster Parents Plan of Canada.
All ten children of the late Mrs. Florence Howe were present at her funeral. After the funeral the family had a get-together at the Bill and Jim Howe homes. Besides the families of Bill and Jim Howe, there was Anne Caragata of Toronto, Thelma Carefoot and son Clifford of Gladstone, Manitoba, Mabel and Walt Otto of Gladstone, Valerie Ford of Glenboro, Man., John and Lorraine and Lorrie Howe of Regina, Tom and Del Howe of Regina, Jim and Tammy Howe of Regina, Shirley and Louis and Wayne Nagel of Regina, Donnie and Linda Nagel of Regina, Rae Howe of Saskatoon, Larry and Rosanne Howe and son Jason of Pense, Pat and Barb Howe of Lethbridge and Evelyn Howe of Calgary.”