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1931 Pauline 2021

Pauline Howell

January 20, 1931 — January 19, 2021


BASILE~ Pauline, born January 20, 1931, met Jesus face to face one day shy of her 90th birthday with family at her side, at the age of 89. A Graveside service will be held at Shiloh cemetery in Dry Creek at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 23, 2021 with Brother Johnny Howell officiating.

She was a 1948 graduate of Dry Creek High School and she was the 1947 Beauregard Parish Fair Queen. She married her beloved Fred soon after high school and they eventually moved to Basile to establish Howell’s Refrigeration business where they worked together for 31 years and raised their family. During that time, Pauline ran a popular snow cone stand inside the store where she also sold jewelry and Merle Norman Cosmetics. Pauline was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post.  She along with Fred were members of the First Baptist Church and faithfully served on the hostess committee and was a constant presence at church services. She loved to visit the sick and shut-ins and had a heart for nursing home residents. Pauline and Fred were faithful visitors at the Basile Care Center. She became an avid bird watcher and often visited bird sanctuaries. She developed a love for sewing and soon became a master quilter, designing and sewing prize winning quilts that she shared with her family and friends. These quilts are treasures to all who were blessed with receiving them. After retiring, she and Fred spent half of their time in Dry Creek at the family farm where they fished, gardened and cooked the best dumplings and homemade biscuits. They visited with family and friends, and even found time to do a little traveling.

“Granny” Pauline, a devoted wife, grandmother, and great grandmother will be greatly missed by her children, Wayne Howell and wife, LaNell of DeRidder, Franklin Howell and wife, Lynne of Basile and her daughter, Brenda Howell Johnson and husband, Wayne of Fort Myers, FL; her two brothers, Arthur Harper and wife Katie of DeRidder, and Gary Harper and wife Barbara of DeRidder; two sisters, Barbara Harper Morgan and Joyce Harper Williamson and husband Boyd, both of Lake Charles; the joys of her life, her six grandchildren, Michael Shane (LeeAnn), Taurie (Russell), Charity (John), Crystal (Scott), Montana (Ashley) and Cade (Jennifer); eleven great grandchildren, Austin, Shelbie (Austin), Mason, Madison, Ralee, Carter, Wyatt, Kingston, Evan, Beckett, Camille ;and one great-great grandchild due on August 19th ; as well as extended family and friends. There was a lot of love in mom’s life. Even though she is gone now, I know that her legacy will live on in all of us.  She was an incredible mother who inspired everyone who knew her. Mom, your memory will live on in all our hearts forever.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Fred Howell; parents, Mitchell and Della Cooley Harper and a brother, J. G. Harper.

Pallbearers will be Michael Shane Howell, Montana Howell, Cade Howell, Austin Howell, Mason Stutes and Austin Brown.

At the request of the family, donations may be made to Shiloh Cemetery, 468 Joe Lacy Road, Deridder, LA 70634

Due to Covid 19 the family is asking  everyone attending services to wear a mask and social distance.

Family and friends may view this obituary and sign the guestbook at

Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Basile, 1210 South Ryan, (337)432-6726 is in charge of arrangements.

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