Rose Marie “Mickey” Howard, age 90, of Ashland passed away on Friday, June 07, 2013 at the Holy Rosary Extended Care in Miles City.
Mickey was born in Miles City, Montana on August 10, 1922, the daughter of Dudley and Mae Rose (Moore) Shy. She attended Garland Country School, Willow Crossing Country School and St. Labre School. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Miles City. Following high school, she attended Miles Community College and worked in Broadus until she married James C. “Jimmie” Phillips Jr. on July 7, 1943 in Norfolk, Virginia while Jimmie was serving our country. Following his discharge from the Navy, they returned to Montana where they leased the Dan Gilmore Ranch on Mizpah Creek until they purchased the C.A. Mallett Ranch on Home Creek in 1948. They farmed and ranched there until 1981 when Jimmie passed away. Mickey worked for the Tongue River Electric Co-op for 28 years and worked alongside Jimmie when they owned and operated the Red Horse Service Station in Ashland for over 10 years. In June of 1985, she married Alvin Howard. He passed away in 2001 and Mickey moved to Forsyth, Montana where she lived until 2008. She then returned to Broadus until May of 2011, when she moved to Miles City.
Mickey loved to spend time quilting, crocheting, playing cards and fishing. She enjoyed working in her garden, cooking, but most of all spending time with her family. Mickey was also active in 4-H and was a leader for many years.
Mickey is survived by a son, Dave (Cathy) Phillips of Lewistown, MT; three daughters: Kathy (Verne) Schlepp of Miles City, MT; Pat (Dave) Gardner of Ashland, MT; and Peggy (Kenny) Kolka of Volborg, MT; a brother George (Bev) Shy of Belle Fourche, SD; a sister Jimmie Kimp of Phoenix, AZ; ten grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Shorty Howard, an infant sister Ruth and Alvin’s daughter, Eva Rose Shy.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Labre Mission in Ashland. Immediately following the funeral a luncheon will be held at the St. Labre School Cafeteria. Rite of Committal will follow in the Willow Crossing Cemetery. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Powder River County 4-H Council, c/o Powder River Extension Office, Broadus, MT 59317 or to Scramble For a Cure, c/o Tyler Gardner, 20 Gardner Road, Ashland, MT 59003.