By The Mercury

Margaret Griffith Howe, 81, of Manhattan died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born on Oct. 6, 1932, in Manhattan, the daughter of Evan and Virginia (Stott) Griffith. Margaret graduated in 1950 from the Sacred Heart Academy in Manhattan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics from Kansas State University in 1954.

On June 1, 1957, at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, she was united in marriage to H. Philip Howe. Margaret was a lifetime Manhattan resident where she was a loving homemaker.

Margaret was an avid golfer and member of the Manhattan Country Club.  She also enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and volunteering her time at the Budget Shop and at the former St. Mary’s Hospital gift shop. She was also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Kansas State. Above all, she loved time spent with her family, especially sharing in the lives of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Phil Howe, of their home in Manhattan. Also surviving are four children, David Howe of Scottsdale, Ariz., Janet Daniels (Mike) of Manhattan, Evan Howe (Shelley) of Prairie Village and Katy Doyle (Tim) of LaGrange Park, Ill.  Other survivors include ten grandchildren, Maggie Daniels Freeman (Duane), Kate and Jim Daniels, Meghan, Brian, Clare and Amy Doyle, Alex, Alicia, and Conner Howe; two great grandchildren, Jasper Philip Freeman and Evan Frances Freeman; and four sisters, JoAnne McGrath of San Francisco, Janet DeCelles of Scottsdale, Ariz., Mary Dean of The Villages, Fla. and Ginger Clemens of San Carlos, Calif. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her younger brother, Evan Griffith, who died in 1946 at the age of two.

The Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Ave. A visitation will follow the Rosary until 7:30 p.m. at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The family would be honored by your presence at a lunch, which will take place at the Manhattan Country Club following the service.

Cremation is planned with private inurnment to take place in the Sunrise Cemetery on another day.

A memorial has been established for the Good Shepherd Hospice House.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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