In Memoriam: Geraldine “Gerry” Lee Howard

Geraldine Howard

April 4, 1949 – November 15, 2023

We are sad to announce the passing of Geraldine “Gerry” Lee Howard, 74, on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 in Bothell.

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Gerry cared deeply for the environment and was an active member of the Island County Beach Watchers (now known as the Sound Water Stewards of Island County). She was the secretary for the Sound Waters University for multiple years and wrote the thank-you letters for SWU for many years. “She was quiet but consistent and reliable, and a lovely woman,” said Linda Ade Ridder, SWS founder.

She is survived by her sister Maggie Lindeman and brother-in-law Alan, niece Sonya Weasner and husband Grant, and nephew Alex Lindeman and husband Aaron.

Those who knew Gerry knew what an incredible artist she was. She enjoyed calligraphy and took great inspiration in architecture and the natural world, with much of her artwork depicting sea life and various aspects of Whidbey Island. She received a certificate in scientific illustration from the University of Washington.

Gerry was born and raised in Seattle, the daughter of Sylvia and Harold Howard. She lived in several Puget Sound locations before settling in Clinton on south Whidbey Island where she resided for over 40 years.

Gerry worked for The Boeing Company for 44 years, with the majority of her career spent at the Everett plant. She worked in such diverse jobs as drafting and quality inspection.  After her retirement, she volunteered at local Whidbey thrift shops.

Gerry was an avid jogger and runner, participating in numerous marathons and fun runs. She also loved bicycling and enjoyed both organized and self-supported rides. 

She loved animals and was particularly fond of cats. She generously supported many environmental and animal charities over the years.

Traveling was one of Gerry’s favorite hobbies and she traveled all over the world. She visited places such as India, New Zealand, Egypt (where she ran a marathon!), Machu Picchu in Peru, Thailand, and much of Europe. She always brought back plenty of souvenirs for her family and friends.

Gerry was a wonderful person, a loving family member, and a loyal friend. She will be dearly missed by all.

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