Helen Howard, 90, of Scarborough, Maine, passed away on September 3, 2014, in Port Orange, Florida.
Born in DuBois, PA, she was the daughter of Joseph and Ella Lutkus. Helen grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she lived with her parents, two brothers and two sisters. After she graduated from high school Helen eventually traveled to Texas where she worked supporting the war effort as a civilian employee with the Army.
While in Texas, she met and married Martin Howard of Belfast, Maine. Martin was overseas during WWII and after he returned home from the war, Helen and Martin moved to Maine eventually settling in Scarborough where they lived together for 45 years on the coast. They were married just shy of 65 years when Martin passed away on November of 2008.
Helen was a lifelong dancer, starting (as she told the story) from tap dancing as a child, many years of square dancing with her husband and finally line dancing with the girls after her husband passed. And even as recently as several months ago she was able to dance at the home to entertain the residents.
After she and Martin retired they traveled each winter for many years to warmer areas on the country, spending time in Arizona, Texas and Florida. And each summer they would spend time at their camp on West Carry Pond.
Helen is survived by two sons Wayne Howard, husband of Barbara of Lititz, PA and Gregory Howard, husband of Patricia of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, five grandchildren: Ryan Howard, Amy Pixton wife of Rob, Emily Colon wife of Mike all of New Smyrna Beach, Jessica McManimen wife of Alex of Denver, PA and Allison Mattson wife of Andrew of Lancaster, PA, and eight great grandchildren - Hali, Devon, Derek, Owen, Matty, Colin, Gavin and Wyatt. She is also survived by her sister, Evelyn Lukas of Richmond Heights, Ohio.
Although Helen enjoyed her final year in Florida, she always talked about returning to her home in Maine. She will get that chance when her family brings her home for a memorial service (date not yet determined) so that Helen can dance a final time with her family and friends.