Frances Barr Howard
Frances Barr Howard died at her home in Shreveport, LA on June 19, 2019 at the age of 101. She was born June 16, 1918, in Converse, Louisiana to Lucille Jackson Barr and Valry Victor Barr. As a young child, Frances moved to Mansfield, LA. After graduating Mansfield High School, she attended Louisiana College and graduated from Blue Mountain College with a degree in Education. After college she taught school in Plaquemines Parish until the beginning of WWII when she moved back to Mansfield to teach school closer to her family. In 1943, she married Artel Howard. The two lived in Pineville, LA until settling in Shreveport in 1950. Frances was very active in Broadmoor Baptist Church. She was the founding head teacher at Broadmoor Baptist Kindergarten and taught there for 20 years. She was the teacher of the Dorcus Ladies Sunday School class and enjoyed driving her class to various events and appointments until she was 95. Frances was a member of a Mexican Train domino group for 25 years and the last surviving member of a sewing group that began in the 1950’s. She was a true Proverbs 31 lady: virtuous, Godly, caring, industrious, and family oriented. We celebrate the 101 birthdays that she was able to experience. She loved life. Now we rejoice that she shares eternal life in Heaven with our Heavenly Father and with her dear husband Artel. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, V. Ward Barr Sr. She is survived by daughter Sara Howard Gulley (Mike); grandchildren Dave Rothell (Kerri) of Bryan, TX; Chris Rothell (Carrie) of Frisco, TX; Jon Rothell of Los Angeles, California; and Emily Massey and husband Jason of Shreveport, Louisiana. She is also survived by five great grandchildren, niece Martha Hollowell Nichols (Mike) of Shreveport, nephews Dr. V. Ward Barr, Jr.(- Marcie) of Pennsylvania and Dr. David B. Barr (Leah) of Illinois, and lifelong friend Ernestine Prescott of Mansfield, Louisiana. Pallbearers were family members. Friends and family attended a visitation at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home Chapel followed by service on Sunday, June 23 , 2019. Officiant was Larry Williams of Broadmoor Baptist Church. Special thanks to Dr. Dan Moller and staff, caregivers Deborah Johnson, Lin Atkins, Pat Johnson, Nancy Myles, and Heart of Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frances may be made to Broadmoor Baptist Senior Adult Ministry, 4110 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105; Blue Mountain College, 201 W Main Street, Blue Mountain, MS 38610; or charity of donor’s choice.