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Obituary: Nadine Rae Howell Will Gardner

Our regal mother, precious wife, and grand friend has found her peace. With classic grace and dignity she spent her final season in battle with cancer. In that, as in all of life, she was our loving mentor.

She graced us from her birth on September 7, 1944 with her kind and gentle love while teaching us tolerance, determination, providence, and charity. All who knew her, treasured each moment of her association and are forever diminished by her untimely sleep. Her loving parents, James and Josephine Howell, preceded her in death and have surely greeted her in joyous reunion, proud of her expansion of their family traditions and of the mark she left through her full life.To her children, Mrs. Chad (Denise) Greenwood and Anna Will, she left a legacy of love and devotion which will endure the ages and inspire her unborn progeny to the last generation. She was their best friend, their kind example and their source of living wisdom. To her husband Paul, whom she married on December 28, 1991, she is a rare soul mate, an eternal blessing and a delight for every moment. Her sisters, Sandra McNulty, Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Steve (Terry) Normand, Billings, Montana; Mrs. Bill (Colleen) Elder, San Francisco, Calif.; and Michelle Howell, Missoula, Montana, survive her to carry forth in the traditions she created.

With industry and determined hard work she aquired and operated her own business, Commercial Mortgage Associates. There she inspired her associates and clients with her constant effort and her rigid commitment to integrity and honest dealing. She accomplished this while finding time to rear her children as a single parent and fill their lives with attention, opportunity and learning. She achieved a balance between work and home which left both well managed and successfully attended. No person was a stranger at her table and countless throngs were beneficiary of her sparkling demeanor and generous heart. She gave of herself and her means to all she knew, sharing her spirit, her zest for life, and her love of nature.

To her many wonderful friends, she was a best friend. Ever there for them with encouragement, inspiration, and straightforward advice, she gave freely of her time, and her sparkling wit and personality. She listened, she advised and she nurtured. Despite her hectic and demanding schedule as mother and consummate professional, she always had time for her friends and left them encouraged and motivated to enlarge their own lives. All who knew her loved her and are forever uplifted by the priceless moments she gave them.

Nadine was raised in Superior, Montana where she graduated from Superior High School in 1962. She went on to attend Montana State University where she was active in student life, a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Angel Flight, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education in 1966. Susequently, she taught elementary school in Chicago, Illinois and was a flight attendant for United Airlines. She married Thomas Will in 1970 (later divorced) and together they bore two beautiful daughters. She lived in Sacramento, California; Anchorage, Alaska; and Denver, Colorado. She went on to earn her stock broker and real estate licenses. She finished her career in Commercial Mortgage Banking and Real Estate in Salt Lake City.

She was deeply spiritual, living her life and raising her children with faith in God and love and appreciation for the beauty of His creations. She missed no opportunity to recognize His hand in the great blessings of her life, and to point out His generous love in the lives of all those she knew.

We will deeply miss the grace and love of this great lady who left us all far better than she found us.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 23, at 1 p.m. in the Corner Canyon 6th Ward, 420 East Stokes Avenue (13580 South). Friends may call at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 10600 South 1700 East, Tuesday 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday at the Ward 12-12:45 p.m. Interment Larkin Sunset Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in her name to CNS Hospice, 6949 High Tech Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84047-3757.

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