Elizabeth J. “Jan” Howard, age 85, of Atwood, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at 6:42 p.m. in her residence.
Jan was born on May 20, 1934, in Bravo, Mich., to Alfred R. and Esther L. Fowler Jorgensen, both deceased. She was united in marriage to Robert N. Howard in 1958; he preceded her in death in 2002.  
She graduated from Watervliet High School in 1952. Jan was employed at Beverly Lumber Co. in Watervliet, Mich., from 1952 to 1956 and continued on to work for Huckins Tool and Die located in St. Joseph, Mich., from 1956 to 1958. Jan enjoyed traveling with her husband throughout his military career in the Air Force. While in California, she learned decorative painting, which in turn became her career. In 1983, they moved to Atwood and Jan set up art classes in her home and taught until 2019.
Jan was a member of the Decorative Painters Society and a lifetime member of the Animal Welfare League. The AWL was a great interest for her. In 1998, she volunteered at the shelter on Sunday mornings. In 2006, she was nominated to the AWL Board. She was a participant in fundraising for the shelter and raised money for an additional shelter.  
Jan is survived by two sisters, Judy Thomas, of South Haven, Mich.; and Jackie Luten, of Allegan, Mich. At the end of Jan’s life, she had four special ladies that took care of her.  They loved Jan as if they’d been part of her family her entire life. At her side were her caregivers, Regena Jones, Jessica Webb, Tricia Brandon and Rhonda Williamson. Jan will be forever in their hearts.
Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Interment will be on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. at North Shore Memory Gardens Cemetery, Coloma, Mich.
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Memorials to Animal Welfare League Building Fund, 1048 S. 325 E., Pierceton, IN 46562.
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