Geraldine Lucile Howard

July 1, 1919 - January 17, 2014 -

Geraldine Lucile Howard, 94, died Jan. 17, 2014, at her home.

She was born on July 1, 1919, in Seattle, Wash., to Trinette and Gerardus Pyl. She retired at 82 after working 40 years as a secretary at the Oregon City employment office.

She was a member of Gladstone First Baptist Church for more than 70 years and played the piano for 25 years. She worked with various ministries, including girls ministries.

Survivors include her daughters, Judie Ruhl, Pam Elwell, Chris Niswender, Betty Hoeke and Janet Anderson; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Frank Howard, died in 1959.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at Gladstone First Baptist Church. Burial was at Zion Memorial Cemetery in Canby.

Memorial contributions to CRU, Campus Crusade for Christ, in honor of her granddaughter Staci Elsner (Hoeke) may be sent to Michael and Staci Elsner (account #0764749), PO Box 628222, Orlando, FL 32862-8222 or at