Eda Mae Howard

Eda Mae (Edie) Howard, 96, passed peacefully from this life to the next on October 13, 2020, in her home of 72 years, surrounded by family.  

Edie was born to Albert and Frances Hancock on September 5, 1924 in St. Francis, Kansas, the 4th of 5 children.   She graduated from Kansas State University where she majored in Home Economics education and later taught at Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas, for 28 years. 

While at K-State she met her husband of 64 years, Claude Howard.  He preceded her in death in 2011.  Their relationship was truly the love of a lifetime.  They raised their family in Mission, Kansas, and were an integral part of that community.  They shared a heart for service, a love of crafting and creating, and a work ethic from that Greatest Generation.  But their primary passion was family.  Family traditions included time spent at the Lake of the Ozarks, annual Colorado trips and the Family Christmas Eve.

Known for her positivity, her smile and her zest for life, Edie was known as the “scrubby lady.”   She spread kindness by giving these out to family, friends, and total strangers.  Literally, thousands of scrubbies have been given as her way of making this world a kinder place.  She only asked that recipients pay it forward.  She truly spread love.

Edie was a member of the Shawnee United Methodist Church and the Retired Teachers of KCK.    She did volunteer work at Safe Home and the Salvation Army and was a regular at the Roeland Park Senior Center.  

She leaves four children:  Kay Bailey (Lane), Steve Howard (Debbie), Cindy Collins (Alan) and Trey Howard (Jan), 14 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.   

Edie was known as a mighty card warrior, Grandma Elly, and BEST MOM EVER!  The world has lost a truly fine lady.


A visitation will be held on Monday, October 19th, 2020 at the Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee, Kansas from 6:00-8:00pm.

Funeral Service

A funeral service will be held at Shawnee United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 2oth, 2020 beginning at 10am. A livestream will be available on the Shawnee United Methodist Church’s Facebook page of the service or by clicking here. A graveside burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery. 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Shawnee United Methodist Church 10700 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS, 66203 and to the Amedysis Hospice Foundation 3854 American Way, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70816


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13 Comments on “Eda Mae Howard”

  1. Brooke Williams Says:

    What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful lady. Thinking of you all!
    Brooke Sean Sadie and Kaelyn Williams

  2. Kimberlee Gastineau Says:

    To a life well-lived, and a woman well-loved. Sending all our love and strength.

    The Gastineau Family

  3. Jim and Donna Hanson Says:

    This is the loss of a wonderful person who has given so much to all who knew her and she will be sorely missed by her large family and many friends. She was my aunt and I remember spending a lot of time with the Howard family. My mother was a sister to Uncle Claudie. He and Edie were a perfect couple. I remember them visiting our grandparent Bobo and Nanny. They played many hands of cards with Bobo. There were many happy memories of those times and I wish all of my cousins the best to them and their families. I wish I could be with you all as you go through your great loss but the best I can do is to send my love to you all. You may not remember me but I was your cousin from Minnesota nickname Cookie.

  4. Kay DuPree Says:

    Peace be to you and your family,Kay. Your Mother was a beautiful lady filled full of love for life .May you have many beautiful memories of her.

  5. Barb Specht Willoughby Says:

    BLESSED immediately comes to mind when I think of all of you! You were blessed with such a great lady to spend your lives with! It’s never easy to lose a parent but when you know they had such an amazing life filled with all your love, it helps. Peace be with all of you now… Barb and Mark

  6. Brenda Taylor Says:

    Thinking about Edie’s family, knowing how much you will miss her. What a sweet lady and such a great family, a tribute to her. They have touched me in many ways. You were all so blessed to have her.

  7. Margaret Dack Says:

    I will truly miss my great friend I have had for I can’t remember how many years. We have been playing bridge for so many years, what a bridge player! I will cherish the many monthly luncheons Iris, Jeanne and I had with Edie. She will be missed by so many of our friends. Sympathy to the wonderfulfamily.

  8. Paul Kincaid Says:

    Steve and Family – bery sorry to hear this news….but what a long and productive live….leaving lots of good memories to sustain you….please know my thoughts are with the Howard family…. Paul

  9. Don and Shirley Sutton Says:

    Edie was a very gracious and generous lady. Always asking if she could help in any way. She was very talented and made beautiful cards by placing dried flower petals in wonderful designs and made unique scrubbies. She always spoke very highly of her family. She was very faithful to the Keystone Sunday School Class and Church, where her smile and greetings will be missed. Our sympathy to all her family.

  10. Colleen Agin Dixon Says:

    Mrs. Howard was my clothing teacher for 3 years ending in 1964 at Washington HS. I have always remembered the many lessons in her classes and even made clothing construction my minor at KU. I went on to become a lifelong seamstress and I have thought of her fondly many times through the years. What a great teacher who had a wonderful and meaningful life.

  11. Eldonna Christensen Johnson Says:

    What a lovely lady! I agree with the comment from Colleen ! I was in the same class at WHS, graduating in 1964!! I learned many lessons from Mrs Howard… and I still sew today!!! She was a great teacher! My thoughts go out to all of you, her family and friends!!!

  12. DeAnn Wilshire Smith Says:

    I had Mrs. Howard as my clothing teacher 3 years while I was Washington High School. I loved her so much. All through the years I have wondered what ever happened to her. I also drove down Johnson Drive a lot after we moved to Johnson County in the early 80’s. I don’t know if she told us where she lived, but I knew she lived in Mission . I would be driving down there and would think about her. I wish I had known she was still alive & well so I could have visited with her. I just learned of her death this past Saturday at my husbands high school get together (‘65).
    I had her in ‘65,’66 & ‘67.
    You had a wonderful mom & a great teacher.
    DeAnn Wilshire Smith

  13. Susan Terrell Says:

    Mrs Howard taught me how to make the best biscuits. She was shocked when I put a zipper in a quilted A-line skirt. I still sew and do a little cooking.

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