Evelyn Howard, 95
Evelyn M. Howey Gilmore Howard, age 95, of Coeur d’Alene died Nov. 4, 2017, at her home. She was born Sept. 21, 1922, in Deerfield, S.D., to Earl and Daisy Howey. She attended school at Moon and Hill City in South Dakota and at Newcastle, Wyo., where she graduated from high school in 1941, following her marriage to Gene E. Gilmore in 1940. In 1942 they moved to Coeur d’Alene and he worked on construction of the Farragut Naval Training Station. A year later they moved to Vancouver, Wash., where he worked in the shipyards, and their daughter, Eugena, was born. They returned to Coeur d’Alene in 1945, where they were divorced in 1959. Meanwhile, Evelyn had become deeply involved in her work and hobbies.
Evelyn made many friends while employed at McEuen’s IGA and Buttrey’s in Coeur d’Alene and Rosauers Supermarkets in Spokane. Dozens of bowling trophies decorated her home, bringing back memories of nearly 50 years in Major Bowling Leagues, mixed leagues, and tournaments that included British Columbia, Las Vegas, Reno and San Francisco.
Another favorite hobby of Evelyn’s, a lover of country, was horseback riding. She was a member for many years of the Kootenai County Saddle Club and Possettes, and was a highlight of many parades riding a palomino mare she had brought to Coeur d’Alene all the way from her parents’ ranch in Arkansas. She also shared her daughter’s joy when “Gena” was named the Club’s Rodeo Queen in 1961.
Evelyn was married in April of 1963, to Harry T. Howard, who also enjoyed her hobbies and the way she cared for pets and many wild creatures. She soon found pleasure in his favorite hobbies of golf, stream fishing and alpine skiing. Their motor home could be spotted often at Schweitzer Mountain basin in the winter and along the upper St. Joe River in the summer.
Following retirement, Evelyn and Harry enjoyed many winters in Arizona with her daughter, Eugena, and grandson, Russell. Her devotion to family and love of history led her to genealogy. She spent many happy hours looking for and finding records of the 12 children of her grandfather who came West from Ohio and Pennsylvania during the Black Hills gold rush in 1875, and settled in the Deadwood, S.D., area.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; her parents; a brother, Gerald, of Newcastle; and her daughter, Eugena, in Sacramento. She is survived by her grandson, Russell Sylte, and his wife, Murae, and their children, Steele and Hayden of Brea, Calif.
The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at the Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d’Alene Chapel. Burial will follow at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens. The family prefers memorial donations to the Kootenai Humane Society, P.O. Box 1005, Hayden, ID 83835. Please visit Evelyn’s online memorial and sign her guestbook at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.