Lois G. Howard


August 29, 1918 - December 20, 2012


Lois Gerd (Myrann) Howard, born August 29, 1918, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, was the eldest of 8 children born to Eiven Olsen Myrann and Hetty Isadora Nelson.  The Myranns lived for many years in or near Tolstoy, South Dakota.  Lois graduated from high school in Gettysburg, SD, and attended Faith Home and School in Mitchell, SD.  There she met Lyle A. Howard, and they were married June 24, 1941 in Tolstoy.  They immediately entered into a life of pastoral care and missionary endeavor that took them to Cuba as well as to churches near Hamburg, IA, Garden City and Mitchell, SD.  When it became no longer possible to work in Cuba, in 1953 they returned to Mitchell, where they pastored the Faith Missionary church for 51 years, retiring in 2004.  In 2012 they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.  Lois was a faithful wife and loving mother.  She was closely involved in the work of Faith Bible School for many years. 

She is survived by two sisters, Carolyn Carson and Bonnie Strouckel, and a brother, John (Jack) Myrann, all of the Phoenix, AZ area; four children: Lindell, Elaine (Mrs. Martin Swinehart), David, and James; 15 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.  Preceding her in death were her parents, three brothers; Robert (Bob), Albert (Bert), and Wesley, and a sister, Eleanor; and one grandchild.

Although many of her early friends and acquaintances have preceded her, she is remarkable in that she made fast friends of younger people as well.  She leaves family and friends with an irreplaceable memory of a godly woman who truly modeled the grace of God to several generations. 


Thursday, December 27, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Visitation ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, December 28, 2012
10:30 AM
Faith Missionary Church
1009 East 6th
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Phyllis R. Hunt-Johnson on December 30, 2012
Lois Howard so graciously made more room in her big heart for us as family.She truly was a 'mother in Israel' to myself and a grandmother to my children.I will carry her Godly counsel as well as many pieces of good sound advice through the rest of my life.She will always be a dear "Grandma Howard" to us.
Posted by Crystal Howard Sprik on December 28, 2012
It is wonderful to be able to say that Aunt Lois had an influence on my life because of her love of the Lord. She blessed may people during her lifetime. We send our love to Uncle Lyle and the family.
Posted by Edith [Buck] Atkins on December 27, 2012
I will always have fond memories of Aunt Lois. I spent alot of time in their home when growing up in Mitchell. My thought and prayers go out to Uncle Lyle and all the family.
Posted by Janice McCullough (Don Cole\'s daughter) on December 27, 2012
I am sorry to hear about Aunt Lois. You are in my prayers. Take Care
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