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Mrs. Lottie Michael Howard

Born Into Time: January 27, 1919
Born Into Eternity: May 08, 2017

Lottie Michael Howard was born January 27, 1919 in Jacksonville Florida. She was the oldest of three children born to the marriage of the late Dr. Edward A. Welters and Lottie M. Purcell. Lottie and her siblings, including brother, Edward Jr. and sister, Nona Marie were raised in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida. When Lottie was 12 years old, she and her family, along with Jerry, a black Great Dane, moved to Chicago where her father established a successful dental practice.  As a teen, Lottie lived on the near South Side and was often seen in the neighborhood with her beloved Jerry. The dog outweighed her by many pounds and was sometimes used to give ‘pony’ rides to neighborhood kids. New to Chicago, she met her life-long best friend and classmate Mary Rose Llorens (Davenport). Later in life, both became members of the Les Petite Femmes social club, and eagerly looked forward to their monthly meetings. They remained the closest of friends until Mary Rose’s death in 2000.

Lottie attended Lucy Flower High School and enrolled at Wilson Junior College after graduation. She left college after two years to manage her father’s medical supply business and cosmetic factory.  She was raised in the Catholic faith and, over the years was a member of St. James, Corpus Christi, and St. Dorothy Catholic Parishes.

In 1939, Lottie met Theodore Howard, a Law student at Northwestern University. They were married on December 6, 1941. From this union, three children were born; son, Theodore Jr. (who preceded her in death), and daughters Karen and Joan. Lottie and Theodore were happily married for 58 years until his death in January 1999.

Lottie worked for 37 years in the Diagnostic Radiology Department of Rush Presbyterian – St. Luke’s Hospital (now Rush University Medical Center). She retired in 1993. Throughout her life, she enjoyed playing the piano, sightseeing and photography. When she moved into her home in 1967, gardening became a pleasurable activity and neighbors often complimented her on the beautiful flowers in her yard. Following retirement, she occasionally accompanied daughter Joan and son-in-law, Maurice on travels to the National Parks and to Las Vegas (her favorite destination). She continued to enjoy local road trips until earlier this year when failing health confined her to home.

On May 8, 2017, after a long and fulfilled journey, Lottie departed this life, leaving family and friends, not to mourn, but with precious memories to cherish and celebrate for a lifetime.

Lottie is survived by two daughters, Karen Thompson (Reginald), and Joan Fortune (Maurice); sister, Nona Johnson-White of Pembroke Pines, FL.; two half-sisters, Ednina Welters (George Drayton) of Evanston IL., and Henrietta Denise Fletcher (Dale) of Arlington VA; sister-in-law, Mary Delacruz Howard of Kansas City, KS; 4 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Public Viewing:

Date:
Monday, May 15, 2017
Time:
12:00PM - 5:00PM
Location:
Cage Memorial Chapel
Address:
7651 S. Jeffery Blvd
 
Chicago, IL 60649

Service Information:

Date:
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Visitation / Family Hour:
10:00 AM
Service Time:
11:00 AM
Location:
Cage Memorial Chapel
Address:
7651 S. Jeffery Blvd
 
Chicago, IL 60649

Interment:

Type:
Burial
Location:
Oak Woods Cemetery
Address:
1035 East 67th Street
 
Chicago, IL 60637

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