Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Annie May Howman, 99 ½, died on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare.

She was born February 5, 1924 at home in East Union Twp., Wayne County to Emery Dale and Emma May Fordyce Stahl.  On October 24, 1943, she married Donald E. Howman.  He preceded her in death in 2008.

Annie had been a homemaker and a dairy farmer with Donald.  They also co-owned a trucking business after retiring from farming.  She was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church.  Annie enjoyed visiting with family and friends, doing puzzles, flowers, gardening, reading and helping with anything she could at the church.  She was the card sender for the church for many years.

She will be greatly missed by her faithful daughter Martha J. (Marv) Byall; son John W. (Marla) Howman; daughter Ruth H. (Sheldon) Metcalf; daughters-in-law Dorthy Howman, Rita Joy Howman and Sharon Howman; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren along with a niece and nephews.

Along with her husband, Annie was preceded in death by her parents; sons Paul David, Claire Earl and Donald Dale Howman; brothers John and Howard Stahl; and an infant sister.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Smithville United Methodist Church, 243 N. Milton St., Smithville with Pastor James Lance officiating.

Private burial will be held in Sherwood Memorial Gardens at the convenience of the family.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Annie’s gentle, kind, loving nature endeared her to everyone.  Her smile lit up the world, she will always be a light to guide us and a love for us to feel.

Contributions may be directed to Smithville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 375, Smithville, OH 44677.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


  1. Dear cousins, so sorry to hear about aunt Annie. We always looked forward to her Christmas cards wherever we were . Our three boys always enjoyed going to the farm to see her. May Gods peace be with you. You are all welcome to come visit us on our farm at 14071 State Route 347. Marysville, Ohio.

  2. What a sweet, wonderful person. Her smile and laughter touched many lives. Fly high Annie!

  3. Annie had the light of the Lord that shown all around her. She loved her church family and was always willing to do what she could to serve there. She was the card sender for many years and enjoyed doing that so much. Annie loved to go to out to eat and always looked forward to Friday nights. She was a wonderful mother-in-law. I was so blessed to have her and Claire in my life. God truly got an angel with Annie.


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