Mary Howland Obituary

January 6, 2011

in News,Obituaries

WEST WINDSOR — The funeral Mass for Mary Kiernan Howland, 91, who died Jan. 1, 2011 at the home of her son in Isle LaMotte will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor. Rev. Paul N. Belhumeur, former pastor, will be the celebrant. A reception will follow in the church hall; Burial will be at a later date in Brownsville Cemetery in West Windsor. Friends may call from 507 on Friday, Jan. 7 at the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor.
She was born Feb. 10, 1919 in Lowell, Mass., the daughter of William Russell and Anna (Doyle) Kiernan.
She attended Lowell High School and in 1940, graduated from Lowell State Teachers College and then began teaching at State Street School in Windsor.
In 1941, she married John Hudson Howland, who died in 2003.
Mrs. Howland served as a trustee, vice president and was an honorary life trustee of Vermont Historical Society. She was a delegate to the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Vermont’s Heritage and a member of the Vermont Statehood Bicentennial Commission. She was a supporter of Vermont Council on the Humanities, a trustee of American Precision Museum in Windsor and West Windsor Historical Society, and a member of Historic Windsor Inc. and historical societies in Windsor and Reading.
She was also a member of the Vermont Legislative Auxiliary while her husband was in the Vermont Senate.
She was a Cub Scout den mother, a member of St. Francis of Assisi church in Windsor, where she taught religious education and was a special education tutor, West Windsor Parent Teachers Association, Windsor County and Windsor Southeast retired teachers associations and the House of Delegates of the Vermont Association for Crippled Children.
Mrs. Howland was a member of the Home Dem Club, Gleaner Grange, the P.M. Club and Friends in Council. Her poetry won first prizes form the Vermont Federation of Women’s Club.
Survivors include three sons, John Jr. and William, both of Isle LaMotte, and Glenn Howland of Middlesex; two daughters, Mary Ann McFaun of Barre Town and Margo Mastro of White River Junction; eight grandchildren; a step-granddaughter; and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Anna Kiernan (Sr. Mary of the Incarnation) of Bosque, N.M., and Alice Kiernan of Lowell, Mass.; a brothers, Joseph Kiernan of South Dartmouth, Mass.; many nieces and nephews.
She was also predeceased by three brothers, John, Cornelius and William Kiernan; and a grant-granddaughter.
Memorial contributions may be made to Society of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), 886 Highway 116, Bosque, N.M. 87006.


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