Lura Beryl Howell

Lura Beryl Howell was born on July 22, 1913 in Shawnee, Okla. to Earl and Lottie Woods on the family farm. She was one of six children, the youngest of three sisters, followed by three brothers.

Lura loved to tell about her life. She would recall when she saw an airplane at the age of five years. She couldn’t figure out what the noise was coming from, Lura would ask her mother what the noise and object was and to an astonished Lura, her mother explained it was an airplane. Lura also told of when the neighbor ran across the field screaming, “Earl, Earl – the war has ended.” This was 1918 and the day always sat in her mind of the day World War I ended.

Lura worked in a garment factory where she sewed overalls in Shawnee. In 1941, she married and the couple had one daughter, Rita in 1946. In 1948, the young mother found herself a widow she stayed in Shawnee where she raised her daughter and continued to work in the garment factory.

In 1956, she was introduced to Dwayne O. Howell in Shawnee by Dwayne’s mother. In correspondence Dwayne and Lura would form a lasting relationship, through the letters the two corresponded from Oklahoma where Lura resided to Hawthorne where Dwayne was working at the Naval Depot. In 1957 they married and moved the family to Babbitt.

Lura would stay home for some time. She worked at Rockingham Wear sewing until it closed. Many remember her for famous “Spudnuts” served out of the Monarch Café. Her last job would be at Golden Key Drug until its closing in the early 1990’s.

She a devote Southern Baptist, with her husband and Tom Bacon, the former pastor of the First Southern Baptist, the trio would travel rural Nevada and California, preaching the gospel and establishing missions. Together they helped to found churches in Yerington, Lee Vining, Calif., Fallon and Mina. On the day of the service, Tom Bacon said, “I met Lura 40 years ago, today.”

In 1989, Lura would once again become widowed, living in her family home until she later moved to the nursing home in Hawthorne. She died at Mt. Grant General Hospital on Nov. 27.

Lura was honored in a ceremony in Hawthorne, for turning 100 years old. She is survived by her daughter, Rita Waugaman-Burrow of Hawthorne and brother, Charles M. Woods of Shawnee, the Fuller family and nineteen nieces and nephews and many close friends. Lura was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, and four siblings.

A funeral was held on Dec. 6 in her honor. She was laid to rest in the Hawthorne Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Gunter’s Funeral Home of Hawthorne.