SALEM - Diann E. Howell, 72, of Salem, died at 9:50 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at the Blossom Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with her beloved family by her side.
She was born Sept. 3, 1941 in Huntsdale, Pa., daughter of the late Claude and Evelyn (Negley) Baughman.
Diann and her husband, Bob returned to Salem in March of 2013 from North Myrtle Beach, S. C., where they resided for 22 years. She worked at Alligator Adventure and previously at Chicora Realty as an accountant.
Diann loved the ocean, reading books, spending time with the tourists and her many friends at Alligator Adventure.
Diann was a member of the Salem First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Edward Oast; adopted daughter, Tammy Oast; and brother, Stephen Baughman.
Survivors include her husband, Robert K. Howell, whom she married Oct. 25, 1986; adopted daughters, Anna Lewis of Toledo, Ohio, and Vanessa Beery of Cypress, Texas; stepdaughters, Christine (Mike) Mancuso, Kathleen (Mike) Paster and Eileen (Ted) Gagnon, all of Salem; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and beloved miniature parrot "Nate."
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. David Bloor officiating.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday prior to the services at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Grandview Cemetery at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the loving staff at Hospice, Blossom and Dr. Rick Simmons for all their care and support.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio 44512.
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