HOWARD, Sydney Ellen, age 74, a resident of Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, OH, formerly of Farmersville, OH died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. She was the third daughter of Russell and Leona Wheeler born on March 18, 1940. She came to realize the blessing of being a step-daughter of Thelma Wheeler. She was a 1958 graduate of Farmersville High School and became a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church the same year. On August 22, 1959, she married her high-school sweetheart Michael Howard, and to this union, two children were born. She retired from Valley View Schools as the secretary to the Superintendent, Herschel Cornn. She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother Thelma Wheeler, step-sister and brother-in-law Pattie and Raymond Lakes, and sister-in-law Ann Weaver. She is survived by her devoted husband of 55 years, Mike, of Greenville. She also leaves her much loved son Mark (Sue) of Brookville, OH and daughter Michaelle (John) of West Milton, OH, 7 very special grandchildren, Jessica, Emily, Morgan Howard and Lauren (Jeremy) Smith, Alyssa, Logan Lightcap, and Stephanie (Darrin) Crawford, 2 great grandchildren, Jared and Charleigh Crawford, 2 sisters, Arlene (Bob) Emrick and Judy Buehner, stepbrother Ron (Madonna Smiley) Weaver, a sister and brother-in-law Connie and Monte Rieger and many nieces and nephews. There will be a service held on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 282 S. Broadway, Farmersville, OH, with Pastor Larry Lindstrom officiating. Burial will follow in the Monroe Cemetery, Preble County, OH. Family will receive friends on Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 2-5 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, 1499 North Broadway, Greenville, OH. If so desired, memorial gifts may be given to the Resident Aide Fund, Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, OH 45331.
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