Clara Nell Maples Howell
February 1, 2017
Funeral for Clara Nell Maples Howell, 90, was Fri., Feb.
3, at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with some of her family
members speaking and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Burial was in Jones Cemetery.
Mrs. Howell died Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, at her residence. She was
born in Massey on March 27, 1926, to Clyde and Ruth Jones Maples.
She attended Windes School, Burleson School and Falkville High
School, where she graduated in 1944. She then attended Florence State
College, Emory University, Sacred Heart College and Saint Bernard College.
She was employed with Citizen’s Bank as a teller, at International Tractor
as a bookkeeper, as a kindergarten teacher at her home and developed her own
business,” Simplicities in Clay”. As an artist, she fashioned oil
paintings, designed many works of multiple medium art, but her passion
developed in the form of hand shaping clay into nativities and various
original art forms. She loved using the natural world around her, which
evolved into her business, “Simplicities in Clay”. She served her church by
leading Christian education classes where she brought an appreciation of
God’s creation through the eyes of a naturalist. Her dedication to
preserving family history through research, cemetery visits, interviews and
organizing family history books will be valued for generations. The family
would like to offer “special thanks” to our long-time caregivers, Emily
Jones and Velta Mason. She was preceded in death by her parents and a
sister, Mary Ruth Townsend.
She is survived by her husband, Simeon L. Howell Jr.; two daughters, Anna Howell Henderson (Paul), of Falkville and Julia Howell Haynes of Slidell, LA.; a sister, Rachel King of Leighton, five grandchildren, Jason (Bridgette), Jonathan (Allison), Joshua, Forrest and Patterson; and five great-grandchildren, Brantleigh, Bowden, Preston, Caroline and Brittain.
Pallbearers were James Simeon Henderson, Jonathan Paul Henderson, Joshua
Paige Henderson, Forrest Gerald Haynes, Patterson Howell Haynes, Paul Glenn
Henderson, Steven Michael Howell and Robert Malcolm Howell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hartselle First United
Methodist Church – Good Samartian Fund.