Doris Elizabeth Howell, 98, of Palm Coast, Florida, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family September 6, 2020.
Doris was born on November 19th, 1921 in Driftwood, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ida Hogeland, and her brothers, Ellis and Vernon.
After she graduated from Rider College in New Jersey, Doris started her career working for Seagram’s in Louisville, Kentucky. Doris loved telling great tales of the tasting room.
Her future path led her to meet the love of her life, Fred “Dixie” Howell. They were married in 1946. Together they forged a life and a partnership that lasted until his death in 1988.
It was her life with Dixie that brought them to Ocean City, a town they both loved, Doris was brought up in the mountains, but it was the ocean and the people of this Ocean City town that she lived with most of her life. Doris was not only a business gal, she was also a tennis gal. She organized her group of long-standing Ocean City players and played outside year-round. Her group of die-hard players were known to sweep the snow off the tennis courts. Doris ended her playing days at age 89. She also biked until 90.
It was after her 90th birthday she went to live with her son Rick and his wife Gail in South Carolina and finally Florida. Her South Carolina friends were many – her best friend Blanche (Gail’s mother), as well as her “Dixie” are now by her side.
Doris is survived by her son Fred Rick Howell in Florida, his wife Gail, their children, Richard, Gary, Jill, and Karen, as well as 5 Great-Grandchildren. She is also survived by her son Terry Allen Howell in Virginia and his wife, Nancy, and their children, Mark, Brian, and Greg, as well as 2 Great-Grandchildren. Other beloved family members surviving are her brother Vernon’s children, Donna Hammond of NY and Debbie Hamil of NC.
Doris Howell loved her family and her life, and she was a force to be reckoned with quietly behind the scenes. Basketball made her break out in hives, but she loved that game and everyone of those players.
She was a true Ocean City gal.
In Doris’ world, everything was “Okey-Dokey”.