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Irene E. Howell, age 77, of Erwin, died with her children and family by her side, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was born in Madison County, N.C., a daughter of the late John and Martha Bailey Ramsey.
Ms. Howell retired from the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church in Erwin. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Earl Howell, her daughter, Debbie O. Howell and two brothers Jeter and Urias Ramsey.
Survivors include a daughter: Margie Howell of Erwin; son: Allen Howell of Erwin; sisters: Pauline Edwards of Fruitland Park, Fla.; Lois Jones of Asheville, N.C.; Gladys Ramsey of Weaverville, N.C.; brothers: Ernest Ramsey of Asheville, N.C.; Kenneth Ramsey of Greeneville; Wade Ramsey of Weaverville, N.C.; grandchildren: Beth Cooper and her husband Josh and Christopher Turner and Christina; great-grandchildren: Dustin Cooper and Revan Turner; step great-grandchildren: Alexia Thomas and Destiny Thomas.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home with the Rev. Rob Moor officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until service time at Valley Funeral Home.
A graveside committal service will be held at Roselawn Memory Gardens following the funeral service.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
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Valley Funeral Home is in charge.