1928 ~ 2010
Arlea Mae Hope Howell returned to her Heavenly Father on August 15, 2010. She was born May 12, 1928, in Spring City, Utah, to Rudolph and Crystal Delila Hope. On June 4, 1948, she married the love of her life, Demont Hurst Howell, in the Manti Temple.
Arlea served her community, church, and family in many capacities. She was a true teacher in all areas and levels and ended her public teaching career as the principal of Spring City Elementary School. She helped establish and support children's libraries in all the schools where she worked and at Snow College as a support for the Children's Literature class, which she taught for many years. Arlea was a member and leader of the DUP and worked diligently to preserve things of historical importance and value as well as helping to establish the Ephraim Pioneer Park, the Scandinavian Festival, and the Mormon Miracle Pageant in their early years. She was honored as Utah Mother of the Year in 1995 and as an Outstanding Alumnus from Snow College.
Arlea also served and participated with many local organizations to improve the lives and opportunities of those in her community. Among those were Spring City Historical Preservation Committee, Sanpete Trade Association, Sanpete County Tourism Board, Sanpete County Economic Development, Sanpete Sampler, Snow College Campus Women, Culture Lore, Variety Club, American Legion Auxiliary, 4-H, and others.
She loved raising flowers and families. Her green thumb was legendary in the family. She created opportunities for her grandchildren to get to know and love each other. They will miss her so much
Arlea was preceded in death by her husband, a sister Deana Scott, and a son-in-law Russell Anderson. She leaves behind her children: Jannette (Gary) Anderson, Julianne (Russell) Anderson, Jeannine (Lonn) Buckley, Jill (Dennis) Alvey, JoDee (Steve) Shaw, and Jon (Kristine) Howell. She has 35 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday, August 21, at 12:00 noon in the Ephraim Stake Center at 400 East and Center Street. A viewing will be held at the Stake Center that day from 10:00 to 11:20 a.m. and the previous evening from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Interment is in the Ephraim Park Cemetery, under the direction of Rasmussen Mortuary.