March 14, 1935 ~ May 14, 2020

Born in: Stanley , KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Settles Howard, age 85, passed away peacefully, at the Carmel Home in Owensboro, KY, on May 14, 2020. She was born March 14, 1935, in Stanley, Kentucky to L.V. and Elizabeth Smith Settles. She was married to James Douglas “Doug” Howard for 65 years. Betty was educated at Owensboro Catholic High School, Brescia University, and Western Kentucky University. She taught at Sorgho Elementary throughout her long career. Her love of teaching and compassion for others extended into many of Owensboro’s Catholic Community ministries, including but not limited to: Precious Blood Parish – Scripture Study and Koinonia; Cursillo, Marriage Encounter, Pre Cana, Engaged Encounter, Charismatic Renewal, Jail Ministry and Resident’s Encounter Christ. Betty was instrumental in the founding and organization of the OCHS Marching Aces Band.

Betty was preceded in death by infant son, Peter Michael Howard, and siblings and their spouses, Mary Katherine Elder (John, dec.), Gene Settles (Anita, dec.), and Bill Settles (Paddy).

Surviving family include her beloved husband Doug, sister Joyce Fogle (Larry) and brother Jim Settles (Patty) and sister-in- law Paddy Settles. As a mother, she leaves behind children, Carole Strecker (Ray), Lee Howard (Bernice), Mark Howard (Donna), and Eric Howard (Peggy). Her grandchildren are Kurt Strecker (Amanda), Cody Strecker (Mary), Anna Nguyen (David), Tiffany Wright (Logan), Colleen Nalven (Jeff), BJ Howard (Robin), Brett Howard (Erin), Matt Howard (Randi), Rachel Plummer (Danny), Andrea Curran (Matt), Sam Howard, Elizabeth Howard, Nick Howard, Tom Howard, Ezra Howard (Jing), Nathan Howard (Laurel) and Aaron Howard. She enjoyed 22 great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. Betty loved her family deeply and shared her wisdom, attention and great affection with each one.

The Celebration of her life will be Friday morning, May 22 at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Visitation will begin at 8:30 am followed by 10:00 am Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Precious Blood Church

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Howard. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Settles Howard and sign her virtual guest book by going to www.haleymcginnis.com.


Visitation: May 22, 2020 8:30 am - May 22, 2020 10:00 am

Precious Blood Catholic Church
3306 Fenmore Street
Owensboro, KY 42301


Funeral Mass: May 22, 2020 10:00 am - May 22, 2020 1:00 pm

Precious Blood Catholic Church
3306 Fenmore Street
Owensboro, KY 42301


Burial Service: May 22, 2020 1:00 pm - May 22, 2020 2:00 pm

Resurrection Cemetery
5404 Leitchfield Road
Owensboro, KY 42301


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  1. To the family of dear Betty, she was the kindest lady I have ever known. May she rest in peace with the angels.

  2. Mrs Howard was one of the sweetest ladies .im so glad I had the honor of meeting and knowing her and her family.she always had a smile, a hug and an I love you.. Those not just words she meant them from her heart.she will always hold a place in my heart.may she rest in heavenly peace.

  3. R I P Betty. You always had a hug and a smile for me. Love you. Tell Doug that he has my deepest sympathy. Prayers for you and your family. Love always. Angela in house keeping.

  4. Fred & Faye Whelan

    Doug and Family, our sympathy. Betty will remain in our memories and in our prayers.

  5. Prayers & sympathy to Doug and family, Jim & Patty, Joyce & Larry, Paddy. Betty always had a smile on her face-so sweet. Rest in peace Betty. Nancy Smith

  6. Prayers & sympathy to Doug & family, Jim & Patty, Joyce & Larry, Paddy and nieces & nephews. Betty was a sweet lady, always had a smile. Rest in peace Betty. Nancy Smith

  7. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Doug, Mark & Donna. We will never forget the Engaged Encounter which Betty & Doug led many years ago in Louisville while we were engaged, plus giving us transportation there also. She was truly a special lady – she will be missed greatly.

  8. Dear Doug and all of Betty’s family,
    God bless you with peace as you offer this gift of Betty back into God’s arms. Be assured of God’s peace and presence with you always.
    Betty have given much to our church community of the Diocese of Owensboro. Now, she accepts her reward.
    I fondly remember Betty’s family of origin while growing up in St. Peter Parish, Stanley, KY.

  9. Lee,
    I know this has to be a hard time for you. Your mother was a very sweet person and was always very good to me.

    Keeping your mom and your family in our prayers.
    Bill and Dottie Riney

  10. Mr. Howard & family, so sorry to hear of Mrs. Howard’s passing. My heart & prayers are with you.

    Brenda (Boarman) Carneal

  11. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mother. We were neighbors for over 20 years. Mr and Mrs Howard were wonderful neighbors.. We enjoyed talking over the fence about the moles in the yard and the flowers Ms. Howard grew. My thoughts and prayers are with you. We thought the world of your parents

    Deepest Sympathy
    Mike and Karen Pippin

  12. To Doug and all your family . . . Betty was such a wonderful woman! May you all be blessed by her memory, and by your faith that in the life to come, for all of us, we will have a great reunion with all our loved ones in the embrace of our loving God. My love and prayers are with you.

  13. To Doug and family,
    We send our sympathy and prayers to you. Betty was such a loving person and I know that you have many wonderful memories of your life together. May God be with you during this time.

  14. To all of the family of Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Settles Howard:
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Betty. She
    will certainly be missed as well as at Church for all her many
    contributions of giving and service to God.
    All are in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Doug Howard and Family,
    You have my deepest sympathy on your loss. Betty was a very sweet person to me all the times we talked at church and the nursing home. I know that Betty is enjoying her Eternal Life. Will keep you in my prayers.
    Your Church friend,
    Steve Cecil

  16. I am so sorry about the loss of your wife and mom. She was my special friend at the Healthpark. We were in the water aerobics class together, and I enjoyed our fellowship so much. She talked about her family a lot. – Grace McDole Calhoun, Kentucky

  17. Betty was a gifted teacher and a wonderful mother, wife and follower of Jesus Our Lord! She was always known for her great personality and how she treated others with kindness! She will truly be missed. Doug and Betty were never far apart and what you could say about her could also be said about him! God speed my friends.

  18. Betty was such a sweet lady. Thank you for being one of the founders of the OCHS Marching Aces. Two of my children were a part of the band. My thoughts and prayers for Doug and his family. May Betty Rest In Peace.

  19. So sorry for your loss. Aunt Betty always had a smile on her face and I know my Dad loved her very much!

  20. Mark, I’m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

  21. We are so sorry for your loss. We got to know Mrs. Howard through Mark and Donna at SPX and
    talking to her about her family when she came for her eye exams. She was a special lady.

  22. To Mr Howard and Family, my deepest sympathy, it is truly a great loss to lose someone who touched so many lives. But a comfort in knowing she did.

    Former Student Tina Jones

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