Ruth C. Howe

May 21, 2011

Ruth Conrad Howe 86, of Frankfort, IN, died 12:30 pm, Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Wesley Manor. She was born August 2nd, 1924 in Clinton County, Indiana, the daughter of Joseph Haven Conrad and Mary Brown Conrad. She was married March 17, 1946 to Paul E. Howe who preceded her in death on September 10th, 2001. Ruth graduated from Frankfort High School in 1942, received her undergraduate degree from Butler University in 1966, and her master’s degree from Ball State University in 1968. Ruth was active in the community. She was the former President of Tri Kappa Sorority, co-chair of the Clinton County Symphony Unit, Secretary of the Clinton County Hospital Association, in the community choir, and St. Matthews Methodist Church choir. She and her third grade elementary classes entertained for the Mayor’s Reception of the Junior Miss participants for 14 years. Ruth was a member of the Pink Ladies, a literacy tutor, and a life member of the National Education Association. She retired from teaching at Southside Elementary School after 25 years of service, in 1986.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Private family services will be held on Wednesday. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to a Charity of Choice.

Survived by:

She is survived by two sons, Charles of Noblesville and Conrad of Monticello, daughters-in-law Alice and Linda, her grandchildren Carrie Carlsen, Cassie Krack, Arin Howe, Clare Rose and Joe Howe. Her great-grandchildren include Isaac Carlsen, Cameron and Lauren Krack, Will Graves, and Shayla, Christopher and Eli Rose. She is survived by a sister, Jean Fickle, in Pleasant Hills, California.

Preceded by:

Her brother, Paul Conrad and her daughter-in-law, Cheryl L. Howe, preceded her in death.


13 Condolences for “Ruth C. Howe”

  1. Judi Spitalniak May 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Ruth taught our youngest daughter, Christa, at Southside and understood her differences from other kids in her class and helped her so much. We were always grateful for her help and kindness. God rest her soul.

  2. Gene Ritchie May 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I am sorry to hear of your dear mom’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Gene Ritchie
    Mahwah, NJ

  3. Bill & Angela Reed May 23, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Conrad, Linda & Family,
    We are very sorry to read about of the passing of your mother.
    Ruth was a kind and gracious person as well as a dedicated educator. She was in-fact Bill’s third grade teacher at Southside Elementary and he has some fond memories of her.
    Please accept our most sincere condolences and please know that we are thinking of you all and wishing you peace during this most difficult of times.
    Angela, Bill & Tyler Reed
    Tampa, FL.

  4. Ron & Vivian Chambers May 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Please accept our sincere and heart-felt condolences. My God bring you peace and comfort during this time of loss.
    In His Love,
    Ron & Vivian

  5. Fran Fickle May 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you, Ruth, for all the good times and very funny stories. I’m sure most of them were true with much embellishments. Every time I think of you, I smile. You will be missed…so very much. Hugs Franley
    Hey, Cousins-in-law, my heart breaks for your loss. Roo was truly a very good person. I’m happy to have known her. Laughed with her. Shared meals with her. And toasted life’s many forbles with her.

  6. Libby Kirkendall Redding ( former student) May 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    My thoughts and prayers our with your family. I was is the first group that sang for the Jr. Miss. I have very special memories of that time. She was a very grand and special lady. I will always remember her.

  7. Mary & Brad Blickenstaff May 24, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Sorry we can’t be there but our health conditions won’t permit it. Please know we are thinking of you and remembering all the good times we had with Roo and Paul. They were special people and we considered them as our best friends. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  8. Jake Mackenzie May 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    As nephew-in-law (via Barbara Fickle) I met Ruth Conrad Howe with sister Jean Conrad Fickle. In San Clemente Ca on Feb14 1985. Before Barbara got up ,fueled by caffeine,”The Conrad Girls” grilled me for 90 minutes. After 2 months of dating Barbara my credentials clearly required close scrutiny. Had I been married, how many children, did I have a good job, did I have parents, my financial condition. I passed the test though at the time my financial condition was dodgier than I cared to admit. This is now known to my friends as “The Conrad Gals Interrogation Technique”. Over the past 26 years I have become a member of the Fickle/Howe clan and introduced her to my Scottish clan. Ruth loved to laugh and we all laughed with her. Hail and farewell from Honorary Hotdog Jake Mackenzie

  9. Cathy & Ct May 24, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    A great lady, wonderful sense of humor, one of our favorite people ever. We miss her deeply.
    I am sure she and Paul are happy to be together again.

  10. Amanda LaBay May 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    My condolences to Ruth’s family. She was a wonderful and inspirational person to know. She will be missed by many people.

  11. Jessica Fickle May 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Aunt Ruth was an amazing, funny, generous and kind person. Thank you Ruth all the funny stories and fun times we had in your home. I will miss you.

  12. Jody Davis May 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I have so many happy memories of Ruth and all of the Howe family. Many long conversations and always many laughs. My love to all of her family. She was so proud of all of you.

  13. Mike McMurtrey May 27, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Chuck and Connie,
    From her time as a substitute teacher at Riley to the times I spent in your home, your mom always made me feel comfortable and valued. I’m very glad that she was part of my life.

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