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Dorothy Edith (McKrola) Howard

May 7, 1934 ~ July 11, 2019 (age 85)

Dorothy Edith (McKrola) Howard, age 85, passed peacefully away Thursday at the Blue Mtn. Hospital in John Day with her children by her side.  She was born in Prairie City, Oregon on May 7, 1934, the daughter of Wilfred A. and Gladys O. (Sweet) McKrola.

Dorothy graduated from Grant Union High School in 1952.  She attended EOC and Chico State College where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Sorority.  She married Dennis Smith in 1955 and had two children, Paul and Kathryn.  She later married John Howard in 1982.

She worked as a bookkeeper for J.T. Steel in Portland and California Pacific Utilities.  She then moved to John Day and worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Department of Human Resources until retirement.

Dorothy loved her needlework and ceramics winning many blue ribbons with her knitted, crocheted, and quilted projects.  She enjoyed cooking and having coffee with friends.

Dorothy was a wonderful mother and grandmother.  She is survived by her son Paul (Kathy) Smith and daughter Kathryn (Jim) Sheets, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held July 17, 2019, at 3:00 pm at the Canyon City Cemetery.  Following the interment, friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of life at the John Day United Methodist Church.

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