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Helen Grace Dale Howie

Helen Grace Dale Howie was born Nov. 8, 1919, and died Feb. 24, 2018, at the Orchard in Ridgeland, Miss. She was 98 years old.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2018, at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Visitation at the church will begin a 9 a.m.

Helen was Wilbur Howie’s faithful and loving wife for more than 66 years, until his death in 2011. Together they had four children, Wilbur Jr., Donald, Dale and Carol, eleven grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

Helen was an active and fully involved member of the Presbyterian Church at the Central, Trinity and Briarwood congregations. More than anything, Helen was a faithful Christian who loved the Lord, and was always seeking to grow deeper in her understanding of the faith. She never stopped studying and sharing what she had learned with her family and friends. She looked for ways to share words of encouragement and to live out her faith in practical, hands on ways such as volunteering for Gleaners and visiting shut-ins. She was a leader in Explorer Bible Study and Presbyterian Women of the Church for most of her adult life and received a “Lifetime Membership award from the Presbyterian Women.”

At the Orchard she took on the unofficial role of welcoming new residents, helping them adjust to life in their new home and creating an enjoyable environment for residents and staff alike.

She enjoyed her plants, leading exercise and playing Bridge every week. She was a blessing to all who knew her.

She approached her life and the inevitability of her death with supreme confidence in the all-sufficient grace of Jesus Christ, in whose presence she now abides.

Soli Deo Gloria.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Briarwood Presbyterian Church Capital Fund, 620 Briarwood Drive, Jackson, MS 39211, The Gleaners, P.O. Box 9883, Jackson, MS 39286 or Living Waters for the World, 318 Seaboard Lane, Suite 205, Franklin, TN 37067.