Muriel A. Howe

HALLOWELL — Muriel Auclair Howe, 81, of Hallowell, died on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, surrounded by her loving husband, family, friends, and the caring staff of Maine General Medical Center.

Muriel “Chalky” Auclair Howe was born in Middleton, Conn., on July 9, 1929, grew up in Augusta, and graduated from Cony High School. She married Charles “Bud” Howe in 1948. She worked at JC Penney, Hudson Pulp and Paper, and New England Telephone Company before raising four children.

“Chalky” enjoyed her home, family, and gardening. She had the kindest, caring soul, always putting others first. Her optimistic outlook on life and her strength in dealing with life's challenges were incredible. She knew how to comfort others in need with a quiet, gentle, caring presence. She made us all laugh with her funny little songs. Her warm, soft smile, with twinkling eyes, lit up the room. We’re so grateful to have been blessed with her in our lives and we will miss her so very much.

Muriel was predeceased by her father, Leo R. Auclair and wife Bertha, her mother, Marie Yvette Deroshier; and her sister, Elizabeth Rand.

“Chalky” is survived by her husband, Charles M. Howe Jr. of Hallowell; her son, Charles Michael Howe of Augusta; three daughters, Elizabeth Beardsley of Surry, Cheryl Howe of Wiscasset and Deborah Murphy of Cape Elizabeth; one sister, Beverly Wilson of Bath; two brothers, L. Richard Auclair of Naples and David Auclair of Winthrop; eight beautiful grandchildren; five sweet great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved very much.

A private family gathering will be held at the Maine Veteran’s Cemetery in Augusta. Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta.

Those who desire may make donations in Muriel’s memory to: The American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 10310, Portland, ME 04104.

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