OBITURY: Dorene F. Howard

Dorene F. Howard, formally of the Manhattan and St. George area, passed away at Glenwood Village Assisted Living in Overland Park on Dec. 29, 2023.

Dorene was born on Dec. 4, 1928, in Winfield to Francis and Lena Prockish and moved to the Manhattan area shortly after birth. She attended and graduated from St. George High School. While there, she met her husband of 59 years, Roy G. Howard. They had three boys, Dennis, Jerry and Bill.

Over the years, she had various jobs, most well-known for working at the St. George School in the cafeteria and as supervisor of the laundry at St. Mary’s Hospital in Manhattan. She had many interests, including Pottawatomie EHU, volunteering for 4-H events and supervising judge for her voting district. Other favorite hobbies included cooking, quilting, feeding her wild birds and watching sporting events.

Dorene was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her parents, Francis and Lena Prockish; and her brother, Thomas Prockish.

Survivors include her children, Dennis (Patricia) Howard of Halstead, Jerry (Marie) Howard of Roeland Park, and Dr. William (Donna) Howard of Waterton, S.D.; siblings, Betty Ball of Manhattan, Mary Wexelman of Fort Collins, Colo., Rosie Wyatt of Wamego, Jack Prockish of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Steve Prockish of Manhattan; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions for Dorene F. Howard can be sent to Pottawatomie County 4-H Youth Development. Address: KSRE Pottawatomie County 612 East Campbell St., P.O. Box 127, Westmoreland, KS, 66549.

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