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Virginia Howell

October 14, 1928 ~ February 15, 2022 (age 93)


Virginia Lenore (Connolly) Howell

Virginia “Ginny” Lenore (Connolly) Howell, passed away on February 15, 2022, in Claremore, Oklahoma.
Ginny was born October 14, 1928, in Fort Worth, Texas to John James Connolly and Lenore Allen Moore who preceded her in death.
She graduated from R. L. Paschal High School in 1944 and attended college at University of Missouri at Columbia, where she met Robert “Bob” Gene Howell. The company business, Mrs. Howell’s Cookies and WWII, interrupted their respective college years and they went their separate ways. Virginia was a “Rosie the Riverter” for a Fort Worth airplane manufacturer. Bob never forgot about Ginny and while at a convention in Fort Worth he called on Virginia at home in Fort Worth and the romance began. They married in Fort Worth in 1949 and settled in Joplin, Missouri.
Virginia later graduated from Missouri Southern State University and became a realtor in Joplin, Missouri and Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was most proud of her 75 years in Chi Omega and the years she spent assisting the sorority.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob and her eldest daughter, Sandra Howell. She is survived by her son, John Howell, her daughters, Susan Howell and Cynthia Hartman, and her grandchildren, Erin Brittany Blumer, Curtis Glenn Blumer, and Kelly Howell.
Virginia spent her last few years at Memory Care Center at Emerald Nursing home in Claremore, Oklahoma. She passed shortly after a recent fall. She is to be interred at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Joplin, Missouri with her husband Bob and her daughter Sandy.

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