Dee Howald




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