HOWARD, Tommie C.
Tommie C. Howard, 85, of Marietta, died Thursday, February 21, 2013, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 24, at First United Methodist Church Marietta, with Rev. Erik Mays officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Park Cemetery, Marietta. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Born and raised in Livingston and Columbia, South Carolina, Mrs. Howard worked at the Navy Yard during WWII. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Mrs. Howard worked as a Girl Scout Field Director. Her sense of adventure and fun led her to Officer Candidate School for the U.S. Air Force; throughout her life she regaled her family with tales of her service, and her pride in that service was immense. As a First Lieutenant she met and married her life’s love, Doug Howard, while stationed at Lackland Air Force Base. During her life Mrs. Howard also engaged in the unusual occupation of raising rabbits commercially and for research, and was a successful realtor. She was a leader and pioneer in the Cobb County and Georgia Republican Parties beginning in 1963. Mrs. Howard served as an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1976 and was nominated to serve as Presidential Elector in 1992. Her primary love and focus in her life was her family. She cherished each of her daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and instilled in each of us that same deep love of family. She is survived by four daughters, Melodie Clayton, Marietta, Candie Howard & husband, Bill Morrison, Marietta, Pam Johnson & husband, Al, Marietta, and Jan Gay & husband, Eric, Douglasville; grandchildren, Carter & Lauren Clayton, Lee & Hastings Clayton, Susan Fidler, Retta & Richie Sola, Leah Franklin, Emerson Franklin, Alyanna Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Garrett Johnson, Shondra & Jeff Pruitt, McKinley & Laura Johnson, Rosemary Gay, Will Gay, and Laine Gay; great-grandchildren, Reilly, Corbett, Zach, Ginny, and Charlie; nephew, Mike & Sharon Walling of South Carolina. We will miss Maymom’s funny sense of humor, sassiness, divine appearance and love. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory, Marietta.