ASHEVILLE – Dorothy Jane “Dee” Howald, age 75, of Asheville died Tuesday, December 20, 2016.
Dee was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 4, 1941 and was reared in upstate New York. She was a graduate of The University of Rochester School of Nursing and obtained a master’s degree from Western Carolina University. A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was a descendent of George Washington and Daniel Boone. Dee was one of the pioneering members of the Frontier Nursing Service, riding on horseback to deliver babies in the most rural regions of Appalachia. As a certified nurse midwife with a private O.B. practice in Asheville, she delivered over 600 babies in her lifetime. In the latter half of her career she was a marriage and family counselor, with a private counseling practice and also working at Ben Lippen School as a counselor. Dee loved to garden, loved her dogs and was an avid seamstress and knitter. She loved to travel, particularly cruising.
She was the daughter of the late Rev. Clyde Snell and Irene Reeder Snell.
Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Dr. Tom Howald; daughters, Laura Jane and her husband Robert Hylton; Rachel Howald and her wife Jennifer, their sons, Callum and William; son, Charles “Chuck” Howald and his wife Angie, their sons, Thomas, Vincent and Charlie.
A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 23, 2016, in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Dee’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
West Funeral Home
Friday December 23rd, 2016
17 Merrimon Avenue
Weaverville, NC 28787
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My deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in God's promise to soon end suffering and death. Revelation 21: 3, 4
Submitted by Jo Oliver on Jan 4 2017 01:23:40 PM
"Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest." That's a part of a quote Mrs. Howald often encouraged me with when I was one of her "clients" when she was a counselor at Ben Lippen. Dr. Howald, Laura Jane, Rachel, and Chuck, I am very sorry for your loss. Almost 30 years later, my memories of your family are fond ones.
Submitted by Timothy Fary on Dec 29 2016 07:55:05 PM
Dee (and the whole Howald family) were a big part of the Meiners' lives, especially mine in the 80s. We were blessed through her hospitality and have many fond memories of times with her and with conversations about her children and others with whom we both worked. The Meiners pray that you will experience the Lord's comfort as you get together and remember her in many wonderful ways.
Gordon and Candy Meiners
Submitted by Gordon Meiners on Dec 27 2016 09:35:22 AM
So very sorry for your loss, Dr. Howald. I know a large piece of you is now missing and I pray for you in coming days for peace and comfort.
Submitted by Jan Medford on Dec 24 2016 10:53:17 AM
Very good neighbors Tom and Dee were when I was living close to then from 1978-2000. We are thinking of you at this time and always have a smile on our face when her name comes up. Eddie and Laura King
Submitted by Eddie King on Dec 23 2016 04:07:04 PM
Tom and family - Marlene and I are very saddened to hear of Dee's death. She was a wonderful person and distinguished herself as a health professional, in addition to being your devoted spouse and the mother of your children. We wish you the strength do deal with this tragic time and know that you will always cherish the memories of happy times with Dee. Gary and Marlene Whitaker
Submitted by Gary Whitaker on Dec 23 2016 02:54:26 PM
Oh Dr Howald and family, I mourn your loss with you and pray for your peace and comfort. Bask in your many wonderful memories you were so fortunate to create together.
Submitted by Susan Farrell on Dec 23 2016 01:06:29 PM
Christy Weekley lit a candle for Dee Howald
Christy Weekley lit a candle on Dec 23 2016 01:05:52 PM
Dear Dr. Tom
My heartfelt sympathies for your loss of Dee. She was a wonderful wonderful lady.
Though we have not kept up since the St. Genevieve days, I have the fondest of memories of you and your family.
Submitted by Loyd Kirk on Dec 23 2016 12:29:03 PM
It has been 14 years now since I first met you and Dee in the bakery. Through the years as "regulars" I have met your kids...and their kids..and shared lots of stories. I am very saddened at Dee's passing but so glad to have known her. I loved reading about her early life as a nurse and midwife and got to learn things about Dee that I had never known. Her legacy lives on as will all of our fond memories of her. She will be missed.
Judy Glicken and Ruben Tirado, Well-Bred Bakery
Submitted by Judy Glicken on Dec 23 2016 09:01:21 AM
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