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.
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The Weaverville community is going to miss Dee. She supported us all. Her love and appreciation of the art created in this region will never be forgotten. She was a dynamo!
Submitted by Miya Gallery and staff on Dec 23 2016 08:09:56 AM
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I worked with you for many years in the hospital at St. Joe's. I am very saddened to hear of Dee's passing. Please accept my sincere condolence and prayers for comfort for you and your family.
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Fondly remembering Dee from our early years in Asheville. Our sympathy to Tom and all of Dee's family.
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Paula Case RN lit a candle on Dec 22 2016 01:19:18 PM
Dr. Howald and family, Mrs Howald was a fantastic woman, she will be sadly missed by all. She would not want anyone to be sad but be glad that she got to participate and do so many good thing and she is at peace now. Heaven just needed another angel and she was chosen. Love to all of you.
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