Mrs. Howard was born Sept. 23, 1930, in Beeville to Jose Valadez and Maria Escarsedes Valadez. She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Maria Valadez; first husband, Jesus Castillo; second husband, Louis Howard; three brothers, Santos Valadez, Jesus Valadez and Pete Valadez; and a sister, Mary Grimaldo.
Survivors include four sisters, Fina (Marcos) Mata of California, Micaela (Martin) Romero of Los Angeles, Calif., Felis Grijalva of Huntington Park, Calif., and Frances (Ricardo) Solis of Elmendorf; three brothers, Eladio Valadez of Abilene, Juan (Linda) Valadez of Ontario, Calif., and Mark Valadez of Las Vegas, Nev.; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.
A memorial Mass was held Saturday, Aug. 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Ryszard Zielinski officiating. Burial was at Three Rivers Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Galloway and Sons Funeral Directors.