Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1946

Elaine Brazda Howe BEAUFORT ELAINE BRAZDA HOWE, 78, passed away on July 19, 2009 with burial at Restland Cemetery in Dallas, TX. Born on Sept. 27, 1930 to Dr. Adolph William Brazda & Ellie Carter Brazda in Stockton, CA. Predeceased by her mother, father, sister Patricia Yvonne Brazda, brother Bill Brazda (RHS-1954), her husband Melvin A. Howe, and son-in-law Cpt. Lester D. Rader III. Survived by her children and their spouses: daughter Rebecca Howe Rader of Dallas, son William Lawrence Howe and Holly of Duncan, B.C., daughter Missy Howe Lemmon and Terry of Jefferson, TX., and son Daniel Howe of Dallas; four grandchildren: Doyle Rader IV; Torin and Connor Howe; Michael Winspear and numerous step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins & nieces. Mom and her family moved numerous times during her younger years with one of her favorite places being Richwood, West Virginia. They settled in Ranger TX where mother graduated from H.S. at age 16 in 1946. She attended Sophie Newcomb in New Orleans for two years, transferred to SMU where she graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She married in November of 1951 working until starting the family in 1954. After raising the four children she made the difficult and personal decision to return to the work place. Mom began working for the Tejas Girl Scout Council in 1970 as a Field Adviser. After holding various positions within the organization, she retired as the Associate Executive Director in 1989. During her tenure she was active in the community serving on boards & acting as adviser for multiple organizations emphasizing the betterment of family and youth of her community. She spent many enjoyable hours volunteering for the Dallas Museum of Art, DISD, and the Arboretum. Mom also loved gardening, travel and reading. She was proud of her family, her home and her career. Mom never minced words, was strong in her beliefs and confident in her convictions. She was a loving, generous and passionate woman who will be greatly missed by her family, friends and neighbors.